George Henry WILKINS


WILKINS, George Henry

Service Numbers: 1256, NX25058
Enlisted: 28 September 1914, Claremont, Tasmania, Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd/12th Field Company
Born: Stanley, Tasmania, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Stanley, Circular Head, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness, Borneo, 9 April 1945, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Panel 6, Labuan Memorial (within Labuan War Cemetery).
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1256, 15th Infantry Battalion, Claremont, Tasmania, Australia
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 1256, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 1256, 17th Infantry Battalion
1 Mar 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 1256, 15th Infantry Battalion, Discharged (Medical): 01/03/1920, [6th M.D] 6th Medical District - Hobart, Tasmania.

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sapper, SN NX25058
4 Jun 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Sapper, SN NX25058, 2nd/12th Field Company, Malaya/Singapore
4 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Sapper, SN NX25058, 2nd/12th Field Company, Paddington, NSW, Australia
9 Apr 1943: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore, POW of Japan - From: 09/04/1943; To: 09/04/1945, died of illness, whilst P.O.W., Sandakan Camp, Borneo; officially presumed from (NAA, Pg-34).

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Awarded Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon to their final objective and consolidated it under heavy machine gun and artillery fire. His fearlessness and contempt of danger have on many occasions been a magnificent example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Married Nurse Estelle Venner nee KEOGH

Served in WWI and died as a Prisoner of War

Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Son of Thomas & Janet Emily WILKINS.

Husband of Estelle Venner WILKINS, of Potts Point, City of Sydney, New South Wales.