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|Date of Birth||c1881|
|Place of Birth||Lancashire, England|
|Death||14 Nov 1948, aged 68|
|Place of Death||East Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||34 years, 9 months|
5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 120lbs|
54.431 kg; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; light brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Albany road, Maddington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Sarah Ann Partington|
|Date of Enlistment||4 Apr 1916|
|Unit/Formation||5th Pioneer Battalion, 7th reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||9 Nov 1916 ‒ 10 Jan 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A8 Argyllshire|
|Date of Return||3 Sep 1919 ‒ 17 Oct 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A37 Barambah|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument||Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll|
British War Medal |
On 18 May 1912 Sarah Ann and their son George (Jnr) arrived in Fremantle from London aboard SS Australind. George (Jnr) died in 1955 aged 48 and Sarah on 21 Nov 1953, aged 70 in East Perth.
Electoral Roll entry: 1916 Albany road, Maddington, labourer.
George entered the Blackboy Hill camp on 4 Apr 1916, and on 1 May he was allocated to the 15th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. At some time this was changed to the 5th draft for the 43rd Battalion as on 10 Oct 1916 he was transferred from that draft to the 7th reinforcement draft for the 5th Pioneer Battalion.
On 9 Nov 1916 they embarked for England, and on arrival in Devonport made their way to the Pioneer Training Battalion at Larkhill. While there he had time in hospital, being admitted on 11 May 1917 to the Fovant, and then the Tidworth Military Hospital with a fracture clavicle. He was discharged back to duty on 3 Jul 1917, but on 9 Jul 1917 was again admitted to hospital, before returning to duty on 17 Sep 1917. George proceeded overseas to France through Southampton on 4 Dec 1917.
It was 11 Dec 1917 when George was taken on strength by the 5th Pioneer Battalion who on that day were voting on the second Conscription Referendum as well as widening Messines road. A few days later they moved away from the front to Hesdigneul-lè-Béthune. A fortnight later on 26 Dec 1917 George required treatment by the 15th Field Ambulance and then the 25th General Hospital for scabies. He returned to his unit on 22 Jan 1918. He remained with them for the duration of the war, and beyond.
On 27 Mar 1919 he was granted paid leave until 25 Jun 1919 with pay to attend Lacey Green Farm in Winslow, Cheshire to improve his farming skills. On completion he was granted embarkation leave until 9 Jul 1919. He was AWOL on 9 Jul from 10:00am until 4:00pm, but had his lateness excused when formally charged.
George was discharged by the 5th Military District on 6 Dec 1919.
Electoral Roll entries: 1925 Albany road, Maddington, labourer; 1931 - 1943 at 102 Goderich street East Perth, greengrocer;