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|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Hawick, Roseburgshire, Scotland|
|Death||12 Aug 1968, aged 74|
|Place of Death||Leederville, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||22 years, 10 months|
5' 7½" (1.71m) tall ; 130 lbs|
58.967 kg; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Young|
|Date of Enlistment||9 Sep 1914|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, B Company / 4th Brigade, 1st Division; 4th Division on Western Front|
|Date of Embarkation||22 Dec 1914 ‒ 1 Feb 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A40 Ceramic|
|Date of Return||12 Dec 1915 ‒ ? January 1916|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A15 Star of England Portland to Fremantle|
Wounded in Action 28 Apr 1915 Pope's Hill, Gallipoli |
Returned to Australia
Armadale War Memorial (Beenup panel) |
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Sailed to Egypt from Albany as part of the convoy of 14 Australian and 3 NZ transports, with Ajana joining at Fremantle. Proceeded from Alexandria to Gallipoli aboard HMT Haida Pascha on 12 Apr 1915 via Lemnos Island.
Landed at 5:30 pm on 25 Apr 1915 and his battalion was sent up Monash Gulley to plug a gap in the front line. For the next 3 days they were located on Pope's Hill, alternating fighting and digging into the side of the hill. George's wounds are most likely the result of Turkish snipers who were very active and held high ground above them. George suffered a severe GSW to his left thigh on 28 Mar 1918.
Evacuated to HMT Galeka on 2 May 1915, he was transferred to HMHS Delta the next day which carried him to England where he was hospitalised in Harefield, Manchester before being sent to the No 2 Command Depot at Weymouth camp on 5 October 1915.
Repatriated to Australia via Portland on the HMAT A15 Star of England, and discharged by the 5th Military District on 10 Jun 1916.
"...was wounded at Gallipoli on the 29th April 1915; was some time in the Manchester and Hawick hospitals, and invalided to Australia, 29th January. back at his old job."
Married on 29 Dec 1917 to Martha Violet (ex Collins). Martha died 13 Jan 1968 aged 73.
Electoral Roll entries - 1919 at 96 Brown street, Perth, brickmaker; 1921 - 1922 at 36 Bent street, Balkatta, pottery hand; 1925 - 1934 Mukinbudin, farmer; 1936 - 1963 at 105 Bourke street, Balkatta, labourer. In 1937 his occupation was listed as pottery hand.
Pension - George is initially awarded a pension of £26 per annum from 11 Jun 1916. On 31 Jan 1918 his pension was reduced to 20/- [£1] fortnightly. Martha was granted a pension of 15/- from the date of their marriage, along with 10/- for her son Henry Robert Collins (d.14 Apr 1999 aged 86), later reduced to 6/6 from 31 Jan 1918, and daughter (Irene Rebecca Collins) 7/6 reduced to 5/- from 31 Jan 1918.
From 15 Aug 1918 George's pension was reduced to 15/- fortnightly, his wife Martha Violet had hers reduced to 7/6 fortnightly, step son Henry Robert Collins had his reduced to 5/- fortnightly; and step daughter Irene Rebecca Collins had hers reduced to 3/9 fortnightly.
Comment in The Drill of the Foothills matches George's military records. Inferred that he was a resident of the district at time of enlistment.
- "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 13. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia.