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George Wistlecraft

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George Wistlecraft
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1890
Place of Birth Tavistock, England
Death 28 Dec 1954, aged 64
Place of Death Bunbury, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 25years, 4 months
Description 5'7¼" (1.72m) tall ; 124 lbs
56.245 kg
; sallow complexion ; grey eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Timber feller
Religion Church of England
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Mary Jane Bickle
Military Information
Reg Number 8274
Date of Enlistment 15 Sep 1915
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 6th Field Artillery Brigade, 17th Battery
Date of Embarkation 24 Nov 1915 ‒ 21 Dec 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A59 Botanist
Date of Return 6 May 1919 ‒ 9 Jun 1919
Ship Returned On SS Kaiser-i-hind
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Had served previously in the Royal Navy.

Electoral Roll entry - 1916 Jarrahdale Bush Landing, faller

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 15 Sep 1915 and as he was allocated to Artillery, he travelled to Melbourne to complete his training. On 16 Oct 1915 he was poste to the 17th Battery, travelling with them to Egypt where on 17 Mar 1916 he embarked on HMT Eboe for Marseilles, disembarking on 23 Mar 1916.

On 28 Jun 1916 in France George was charged with neglecting to obey an order on 22 Jun 1916, for which he was awarded 4 days Field Punishment No.2. Granted leave in the UK, he was absent from his battery from 29 Aug until 13 Sep 1917.

On 8 Nov 1917 he was treated by the 8th Australian Field Ambulance for an undefined infection, being passed on tot he 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on the next day, and then the 14th General Hospital in Boulogne the same day. Following treatment he was released to the 1st Convalescent Depot on 20 Nov 1917 and the 3rd Rest Camp on 26 Nov 1918. On 10 Dec 1917 he rejoined his battery.

Granted leave in the UK again from 14 - 30 Oct 1918, on his return he was admitted to hospital on 5 Nov 1918 with Influenza, passing through the hands of the 8th Australian Field Ambulance, the 44th Stationary Hospital and the 1st Australian general Hospital in Rouen. On recovering he rejoined his battery on 3 Dec 1918, until he left France to begin the journey home on 17 Feb 1919.


Discharged by 5th Military District on 1 Aug 1919.

Post War

In 1926 George married Daisy Elsie May Harper in Fremantle. Daisy died 9 Feb 1970 at Bunbury Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1937 Tweed road, Bridgetown, farmer;

Notes

George is listed as Wistlecraft in his attestation form, however he is listed as Whistlecroft in both the AIF Project and RSL Virtual War Memorial


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