George Richard OLSEN

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OLSEN, George Richard

Service Number: 155
Enlisted: 8 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mallala, South Australia, 5 June 1891
Home Town: Balaklava, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Two Wells Public School
Occupation: Brick-layer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 3 September 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Balaklava WW1 & WW2 Honour Roll, Balaklava WW1 & WW2 Memorial, Mallala Public School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

8 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 155, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 155, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 155, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE G. R. OLSEN

The late Private G. R. Olsen, whose death at the front has been announced, was the youngest son of Mrs. L. Olsen, of Baklava. He was born at Mallala in 1891. Enlisting at Balaklava, he left for the front in May, 1915, with the 27th Battalion. He served for a time in Egypt as a storeman, and in April last left for France, where he received wounds which resulted in his death. Prior to enlisting Private Olson was employed in the building trade. His mother is a widow." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 17 Feb 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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