George Badham Milton

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George Badham Milton
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Ballarat, Victoria
Death 16 Apr 1917
Place of Death Lagnicourt, France
Age at Enlistment 34 years old
Description 5'3½" (1.61m) tall ; 125 lbs
56.699 kg
; sallow complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Mary Jane Milton
Military Information
Reg Number 5154
Date of Enlistment 31 Jan 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement, posted to C Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 31 Mar 1916 ‒ 24 Apr 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A9 Shropshire
Fate Killed in Action 16 Apr 1917, Lagnicourt
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1903 - 1906 at Clieveden road, Victoria Park, labourer with parents

War Service

A fortnight after entering Blackboy Hill camp, George was allocated to the 16th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, and he then travelled with them to Egypt.

On 29 May 1916 he was embarked on HMT Tunisian for Marseilles, arriving on 3 Jun 1916. Ashore, he was sent to the 1st Division's base depot in Étaples until he was required in the battalion.

On 29 Jul 1916 he joined the battalion, and was posted to C Company. On 15 Apr 1917 the 11th Battalion was part of the Australian force holding the front line near Lagnicourt when they were attacked by a German force four times greater than their own. However, they managed under extreme pressure to take back much of the ground lost, despite suffering 1,010 casualties, including 300 taken POW. As George was not able to be accounted for, he was posted as missing, with the hope that he would turn up as a POW. However this did not eventuate.

Reported missing on 16 Apr 1917 he was declared to have been Killed in Action by a Court of Enquiry held on 5 Dec 1917. His Red Cross file [1]. held by the Australian War Memorial gives a little more information.

"Of C Company, on the 14th April 1917, at Lagnicourt, he was on a machine gun outpost with me. He was killed by concussion from a trench mortar. We were taken Prisoner of War shortly after, his body was left where he fell. Came from Perth, Western Australia." 5351 Pte J.H. Bellew
  • Villers_Bretonneux Memorial - Linton Reynolds photo 2015
  • Linton Reynolds 2015 photo

Notes

George's mother was granted a pension of 40/- per fortnight from 6 Jul 1917.

  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - George Badham Milton". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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