George Thomas FULWOOD

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FULWOOD, George Thomas

Service Number: 3318
Enlisted: 12 July 1915, Rifle club
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Snowtown, South Australia, 4 May 1884
Home Town: Bute, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Bute Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: SW to legs, Bosworth Hospital, Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom, 9 December 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Bournemouth East Cemetery, Hampshire, England
Bournemouth East Cemetery (Plot P, Row I, Grave No. 148), Hampshire, England, Bournemouth East Cemetery, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Arno Bay WW1 Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bute District Council WW1 Roll of Honor, Bute Public School Roll of Honour, Cleve WW1 Honor Roll, Cleve War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
12 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3318, 10th Infantry Battalion, Rifle club
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3318, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3318, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
1 Dec 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Driver, SN 3318, 50th Infantry Battalion, SW both legs - DoW England

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date – 9th December..... Driver George Thomas Fulwood was born at Snowtown, South Australia in 1884. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 12th July, 1915 as a 31 year old, single, Farmer from Keswick, South Australia.

Private George Thomas Fulwood embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Benalla (A24) on 27th October, 1915 with the 11th Reinforcements of 10th Infantry Battalion.

Private Fulwood was transferred to 50th Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 29th February, 1916 then posted to Transport Section of 50th Battalion at Railhead on 6th May, 1916 & appointed Driver on 7th May, 1916.
Driver Fulwood proceeded to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) from Alexandria on 5th June, 1916 on H.M.T. Arcadian. He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 12th June, 1916.

Driver Fulwood was admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne, France on 1st December, 1916 with G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to leg. He embarked for England on 2nd December, 1916 on Hospital Ship St. Andrew with shrapnel wounds to both legs & was admitted to Military Hospital, Boscombe, Hampshire, England on 3rd December, 1916 with gunshot wounds to right thigh, right leg, right foot & left ankle. His condition was reported as dangerously ill.

Driver George Thomas Fulwood died on afternoon of 9th December, 1916 at Military Hospital, Boscombe, Hampshire, England from wounds received in action in France – gunshot wounds of right thigh and leg (serious compound fracture) & other injuries.
He was buried in Bournemouth East Cemetery, Bournemouth, Dorset, England where 10 other WW1 Australians are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/bournemouth-east.html

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Biography

"THE LATE DRIVER G. T. FULWOOD.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Fulwood, of Bute, have been officially notified of the death of their son, Driver George T. Fulwood, at Bosworth Hospital, Bournemouth, England, of gunshot wounds and a compound fracture in the leg and other injuries. He enlisted in July 1915, and left on the transport Benalla in October. He was six months in Egypt, and was then transferred to France, and there served seven months, for six weeks of which he was in the trenches. He then went back as driver. He was 32 years and seven months old at the time of his death. He was widely known and greaty esteemed as a good sportsman, and excelled in various games. Prior to his enlistment he took up land in Boothby, and there captained the West Coast team which toured the Bute district three years ago." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 13 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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