George Charles Love ACHESON

ACHESON, George Charles Love

Service Number: 34601
Enlisted: 10 October 1916
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 102nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Battery
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 11 July 1875
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Rockhampton Technical College
Occupation: North Rockhampton Town Clerk, President School of Arts Rockhampton
Died: Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 31 March 1927, aged 51 years
Cemetery: South Rockhampton Cemetery
Plot: PR, Sec 41, Plot 2362
Memorials: Ipswich Salsbury Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, 34601, Field Artillery Brigades
21 Jun 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, 34601, Field Artillery Brigades, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Suevic embarkation_ship_number: A29 public_note: ''
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 34601, 102nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Battery , "The Last Hundred Days"
18 Dec 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, 34601, 102nd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Battery

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Biography contributed by Raelene Acheson

The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1929)  Sat 1 Mar 1919  Page 15 


The Committee of the Rockhampton School of Arts assembled in the Committee room Tuesday afternoon to attend a welcome to Gunner G. C. L Acheson, who returned from the front by the mail train on Tuesday last. There were present - Mr. W. Thomson (president) – Rev. J. Walker, and Messers. J. W. Jones. J. B. Ward, F. H. Swanwick, T. W. Evans, P. T. Rees Jones,  A. King, T. B. Marie, E. J. Pearson, and R.G. Tucker.  Apologies for unavoidable absence were received from Messers. J. G. Keith and G.H Tidbury.

After the loyal toast had been honoured - The President proposed to the health of' Gunner Acheson. He said it had been little over two years since they had said goodbye to their guest, who had been Chairman for some months and a member of the Committee for three years. They rejoiced that he had returned safely to again take up his place in the community. They all appreciated the sacrifice he had made in leaving a fulltime position to do ''his bit.'

He (the Chairman) had had his attention drawn to a meeting held last week in connection with an appeal for funds for the Young Men's Christian Association.

Captain Simcock was reported to have said that everything was being done for the men at the front, but nothing for the men who had returned. So far as the public bodies at Rockhampton were concerned, that was not the case. The principal of the Rockhampton Technical College was a returned Soldier. The caretaker of that institution was also a returned soldier. The billiard-marker of the School of Arts Recreation Rooms too was a returned soldier. The Rockhampton Harbour  Board had appointed a returned soldier as wharfinger at Port Alma. The Rockhampton General Hospital has kept open the position of medical superintendent pending the return of Dr. F.C Wooster and that institution had recently appointed dispenser a lady who had just returned from the front. All these appointments had been made in recognition of war service.

The Railway Department had also put on returned men where it was possible to do so and he could safely say that, so far as the private firms in Rockhampton were concerned, the same consideration had been shown by them.

Mr. Evans also extended a welcome to Gunner Acheson - He stated that, he admired the spirit which had prompted Mr. Acheson to volunteer and he was very pleased indeed to see him back.

Mr. Ward said that the whole of the members of the Committee sympathized with Gunner Acheson in the loss he had sustained by the death of his mother.

Messers. Walker and Swanwick also extended a hearty welcome to Gunner Acheson. The Secretary Mr. W. K. Cleeve welcomed Gunner Acheson on behalf of the staff.

Gunner Acheson in reply, stated that he deeply felt the honour they had paid him in meeting him that afternoon. He did not regret having gone to the front. His views with regard to mankind had been considerably broadened.  He had met men who would be considered of not much standing in a community - but they were men. He thanked the President and other members for stating they would be pleased to see him fill the first vacancy on the committee.