George Venus HARRIS

HARRIS, George Venus

Service Number: 2829
Enlisted: 30 June 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Silver Creek, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, October 1894
Home Town: Wangaratta, Wangaratta, Victoria
Schooling: Silver Creek State School No. 2438, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Pneumonia, Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 2 February 1919
Cemetery: Fovant (St. George) Churchyard
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beechworth Shire WW1 Honour Roll, Beechworth War Memorial, Wangaratta War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, 2829, 14th Infantry Battalion
27 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, 2829, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
16 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 4th Pioneer Battalion
30 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2829, 14th Infantry Battalion
18 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4th Pioneer Battalion
6 Jan 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 4th Pioneer Battalion

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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

George Venus Harris was born at Silver Creek, near Beechworth, Victoria in 1894. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 30th June, 1915 as a 20 year old Clerk from Wangaratta, Victoria. He was posted to Egypt then arrived in France on 11th June, 1916.
Private Harris was wounded in action on 17th July, 1917. He was invalided to England, recovered & was eventually marched in to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire from Convalescent Training Depot on 23rd October, 1917.

Private Harris rejoined his Unit on 1st January, 1918. Promoted to Temporary Corporal on 18th February, 1918 then promoted to Corporal on 6th January, 1919.

Corporal Harris was transferred to England on 23rd January, 1919 as part of 1915 Personnel ready to be returned to Australia. He was admitted to No. 2 Group Hospital at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 26th January, 1919 suffering from influenza. He was transferred to Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire on 29th January, 1919 dangerously ill with Pneumonia.

Corporal George Venus Harris (see photo below) died at 10.40 pm on 2nd February, 1919 at Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England from Pneumonia.

He was buried on 7th February, 1919 in St George’s Churchyard, Fovant, Wiltshire, England where 42 other WW1 AUstralian Soldiers are buried.