George Asher ROUGHLEY

ROUGHLEY, George Asher

Service Number: 982
Enlisted: 29 March 1916, An original member of C Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Railton, Tasmania, Australia, 28 January 1887
Home Town: Devonport, Devonport, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: Pneumonia, France, 2 November 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot V, Row A, Grave No. 20.
Memorials: Devonport Cenotaph, East Devonport St Paul's Honour Roll, RailtonM1, Sheffield War Memorial, Ulverstone East Devonport 'Unknown' Tasmania's Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 982, 40th Infantry Battalion, An original member of C Company
1 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, 982, 40th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Hobart embarkation_ship: HMAT Berrima embarkation_ship_number: A35 public_note: ''
1 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, 982, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Hobart

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

George Asher Roughley was one of five brothers from Devonport in Tasmania to enlist in the AIF and serve overseas. Three of the brothers lost their lives during the war. They were the sons of Henry Asher Roughley and the late Jane Roughley of Devonport. Their mother had passed away during 1910. George was an original member of the 40th Battalion and was a married man when he enlisted. He was a father to two infant children and a third child was born at about the time he entered France during late 1916. He was wounded three times, including a fairly severe gassing during mid-1917.

During late October 1918 he contracted influenza and despite being treated in the 3rd Australian General Hospital at Abbeville in France, he died of bronchial pneumonia about a week later, at 31 years of age.

His brother James Roughley had been killed in action during March 1918, and another brother Charles Roughley had died of wounds during June 1918.