Geoffrey Bury DEWHIRST

DEWHIRST, Geoffrey Bury

Service Number: 5020
Enlisted: 1 September 1917, Mount Gambier, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, 2 August 1896
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Shell wounds to left side & abdomen, France, 24 June 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
Plot III, Row C, Grave 2, Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy St Pierre, Amiens, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National Australia Bank WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Penola Coonawarra & Penola Sub-Branch R.S.S.&A.I.L.A. Honour Roll, Penola District WW1 Roll of Honor, Penola Scholars Roll of Honor, Penola War Memorial, Port Augusta St Augustine's Church Memorial Honor Roll, Riverton Holy Trinity Anglican Church Honour Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5020, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Mount Gambier, SA
22 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5020, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5020, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
24 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 5020, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Shell wounds to left side & abdomen

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Geoffrey Bury DEWHIRST was born in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 2nd August, 1896

His parents were Edward Nicolle DEWHIRST & Annie Rosina RUMBALL

He had previously served for 18 months in the 80th Infantry before he enlisted in Mount Gambier on 1st September, 1917 & embarked from Melbourne with the 32nd Infantry Battalion, 14th reinforcements on the HMAT Ulysses on 22nd December, 1917

He was wounded in action near Corbie on 24th June, 1918 with shell wounds to his left side & abdomen and admitted to the Casualty Clearing Station where he died from his wounds the same day

Geoffrey is buried in the Crouy British Cemetery and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial


Brothers who also served in WW1

1. Edward Bertram DEWHIRST  (SN 723) 3rd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps,  died of wounds on 23rd March, 1918

2. James Hay DEWHIRST  (SN4145) served in the 12th Infantry Battalion & returned to Australia as medically unfit due to illness in 1917