George TYSON

TYSON, George

Service Number: 3476
Enlisted: 11 April 1917, Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Geelong, Victoria, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Geelong, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne
16 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3476, 58th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Jul 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3476, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Melbourne
23 Jan 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3476, 58th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux
23 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 58th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography

Actual name was "Clarence George TYSON" - stated by grandson Dan Tyson (7/10/2014).

Father Richard TYSON and mother Alice Catherine (nee _______)  of 5 Maitland Street,
Geelong East, Victoria.

Described on enlisting as 18 years 11 months old; single; 5' 5 1/4" tall; 9 stone; dark
complexion; brown eyes; brown hair; scar on left fore finger; Roman Catholic.

11/4/1917          Completed medical - fit for service
                          Enlisted at Geelong, Victoria

24/4-5/6/1917    'C' Company Recruit Battalion, Broadmeadows

5-8/6/1917         1st Depot Battalion, AIF

8/6/1917            Commanding Officer appointed Clarence (George) to
                          9th reinforcements, 58th Battalion, Broadmeadows Camp

16/7/1917          Embarked out of Sydney on HMAT Port Melbourne A16
26/8/1917          Crime - neglecting to obey an order at sea - forfeit 1 day pay
16/9/1917          Disembarked into Liverpool, England

17/9/1917          Marched in from HMAT Port Melbourne A16 to 15th Training Battalion,
                          Hardcote

2/1/1918           Crime - London, Awol 1-4/1/1918 - forfeit 10 days pay

16/1/1918          Proceeded overseas to France, via Southampton
17/1/1918          Marched in from England, Havre, France
17/1/1918          Marched out to unit, Havre, France

23/1/1918          Taken on strength into the 58th Battalion, France

With the collapse of Russia in October 1917, a major German offensive on the Western Front was expected in early 1918.

6/3/1918            Detached for duty with 5th Divisional Wing, Australian Corps Reinforcements
                          Camp - France

This came in late March and the 5th Division moved to defend the sector around Corbie; the 58th Battalion was the 15th Brigade’s reserve during its now legendary counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux on 25 April. When the Allies launched their own offensive around Amiens on 8 August, the 58th Battalion was amongst the units in action, although its role in the subsequent advance was limited. The battalion was involved in the fighting to secure Peronne at the beginning of September and entered its last major battle of the war on 29 September 1918. This operation was mounted by the 5th and 3rd Australian Divisions, in co-operation with American forces, to break through the formidable German defences along the St Quentin Canal.

The 58th battalion withdrew to rest on 2 October 1918 and was still doing so when the war ended. Weakened by the progressive return of troops to Australia, the battalion ceased to exist as such when it merged with the 59th Battalion on 24 March 1919.

3-19/10/1918     To UK on leave
19/10/1918         Rejoined unit in the field, France

30/10/1918        To hospital sick - 53rd Casualty Clearing Station
2/12/1918          Transferred to 12th USA General Hospital (scald to foot) - Rouen, France
17/12/1918        Transferred to England
18/12/1918         Admitted St John's Hospital - Regents downs (Scald burn to right foot)
21/1/1919           Admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Dartford

27/1/1919           Discharged and granted furlough (leave), to report to No.1 Company Depot
                           by 10/2/1919 - Dartford

10/2/1919           Marched in from furlough to HQ, South Veny

17/3/1919          Returned to Australia on "Plassy" ex England
30/4/1919          Disembarked into Melbourne

Medals:
WWI Star 1914/15; British War medal (67310); Victory medal (64711).

23/5/1919          Discharged from service (medically unfit - disability scalded right foot).

On behalf of grandson Dan Tyson, South Australia.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan. 7/10/2014.  Lest we forget.

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