Harry Maxwell GEORGE

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GEORGE, Harry Maxwell

Service Number: 62495
Enlisted: 18 June 1918, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements
Born: Hallett, South Australia, 25 May 1898
Home Town: Strathalbyn, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Strathalbyn Public School
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Died of Illness (influenza), Woodman Point, Western Australia, 14 December 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Rockingham Cemetery, Western Australia
East Rockingham cemetary, Rockingham Cemetery, Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Savings Bank of South Australia Honour Roll WW1, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Saddleworth Institute Roll of Honor WW1, Saddleworth Memorial Trees Plaque, Strathalbyn District Roll of Honor WW1, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Jun 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 62495, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 62495, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 62495, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, HMAT Boonah, Adelaide
14 Dec 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 62495, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements

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Biography

In the attached photo of Harry Maxwell George, of Strathalbyn, the reverse of the photo reads:- "Harry Maxwell George c 1916  62495 at Strathalbyn Station. He is in Citizens Military Uniform (Force). He enlisted in the A.I.F 18/6/1918 and he died in Western Australia on 14/12/1918  5th General Lance Corporal"

Harry never made it to Europe, he died of the Spanish Flu at the quarantine station near Perth. He is buried at the East Rockingham cemetery.

"...62495 Lance Corporal Harry Maxwell George, 5th South Australian Reinforcements, of Saddleworth, SA, in the uniform of a senior cadet. On 18 June 1918, after two years as a cadet and serving in the Citizen's Military Forces, Harry George, a bank clerk, enlisted in the AIF. He embarked from Fremantle, aboard HMAT Boonah on 22 October 1918. Soon after the Boonah arrived at Durban, South Africa, the Armistice was declared and the ship was recalled to Australia. However, L/Cpl George and many others on board contracted influenza and when the Boonah reached Western Australia, on 6 December 1918, the infected soldiers were taken to the quarantine station at Woodman Point near Fremantle. L/Cpl George died at Woodman Point on 14 December 1918. He was 20 years of age." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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