George Joseph Harris

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George Joseph Harris
Harris George Joseph 1.jpg
Courtesy Ann Chivers
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Courtesy Ann Chivers George on left, Albert right
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1891
Place of Birth Arthur River near Wagin, Western Australia
Death 1974
Place of Death Narrogin, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 25 years, 5 months
Description 5'8" (1.72m) tall ; 143lbs
64.864 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Wagin, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr George Albert Harris
Military Information
Reg Number 7262
Date of Enlistment 14 Nov 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 29 Jan 1917 ‒ 27 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades Fremantle to Devonport
Date of Return 7 Feb 1919 ‒ 11 Mar 1919
Ship Returned On SS Lancashire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Primary School Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Had attended the Gosnells Primary School. In 1913 his father was an orchardist on Albany road, Gosnells with his second wife Margaret Wilkinson who had a son John Wilkinson, hence his entry on Gosnells Honour Roll.

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 14 Nov 1916 and was allocated to the 94th Depot Company. Two weeks later he was transferred to the 24th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, travelling with them to England aboard HMAT A28 Miltiades where they disembarked in Devonport on 27 Mar 1917. On arrival in England he was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington. Following 6 months training in England, George proceeded overseas to France via Southampton on 9 Oct 1917, and on 16 Oct 1917 he was taken on strength by the 11th Battalion, having arrived in their camp the day before along with 93 other reinforcements.

On 12 Jan 1918 he was seen by the 2nd Field Ambulance who treated him for Trench Feet. Passed on to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station who treated him until his release and return to his unit on 4 Feb 1918. However, on 12 Mar 1918 he was again in need of medical attention and was seen first by the 1st Field Ambulance before being treated by the 2nd Field Ambulance from 13 - 28 Mar 1918 and then the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station from 28 Mar 1918 until 31 Mar 1918 when he was admitted to the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital in Calais. On 2 Apr 1918 he was embarked on the HS Jan Breydel for England with Laryngitis. Admitted the same day to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital with Tachycardia - slight. (Fast or irregular heart beat). George was released to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 6 May 1918, and following further treatment he was sent to the No 2 Command Depot at Dartford on 14 May 1918 which the same day transferred him to Weymouth on 14 May 1918.

From 25 Oct 1918 until 26 Dec 1918 George was treated for Gonorrhoea in the 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital at Bulford. He had first received treatment for Venereal Disease 12 months earlier at Larkhill. (Non effective service was 63 days). George returned to Australia on SS Lancashire where he was admitted to the 8th Australian General Hospital in Fremantle. Here he was charged with being AWOL from 10:00am on 10 Apr 1919 until 10:00am on 11 Apr 1919. He was admonished and lost a day's pay. George was discharged by the 5th Military District on 15 May 1919.

Post War

During 1923 George married Susan Watkins in Katanning.


While George's Military records make no mention of a Gosnells connection, he and his brother Albert John Harris are listed on the Gosnells Primary School Honour Roll as ex students who served overseas.

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