George Scrivener

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George Scrivener
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1890
Place of Birth Jindivik, Victoria
Death 20 Sep 1917
Place of Death Ypres Salient, Belgium
Age at Enlistment 24 years, 10 months
Description 5'9½" (1.77m) tall ; 157 lbs
71.214 kg
; sallow complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Methodist
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Walter Scrivener
Military Information
Reg Number 4070
Date of Enlistment 14 Sep 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement to D Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 22 Nov 1915 ‒ 21 Dec 1915
Ship Embarked On RMS Mongolia
Fate Wounded in Action 27 Feb 1917
Killed in Action 20 Sep 1917 Menin Road
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Menin Gate Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Gosnells War Memorial
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Entering the Blackboy Hill camp, George was allocated to the 29th Depot Company. On 8 Nov 1915 he was posted to the 12th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, travelling with them to Egypt on board RMS Mongolia. George joined the 11th Battalion in Habieta Egypt on 2 Mar 1916 when he was posted to 'D' Company. They departed Alexandria on 29 Mar 1916 for Marseilles, arriving on 5 Apr 1916 aboard HMT Corsican.

On 26 Feb 1917 the 11th Battalion relieved the 9th Battalion in the line at Bazentin le Petit. An entry in the battalion War Diary lists the 7 men killed, and 27 wounded by shell fire on the 26th and 27th, and George's name is amongst them. His wound was a severe one to his right knee. Treated first by the 1st Field Ambulance and then a British Casualty Clearing Station, on 28 Feb he had reached the 8th Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France. On 2 Mar 1917 he was evacuated to England through Boulogne aboard HMHS St Andrew. On arrival in England George was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital in Edgbaston on 5 Mar 1917, remaining with them until 20 Mar 1917. Granted furlough from 20 Mar to 4 Apr 1917, he reported to the Overseas Training Brigade in Codford before again proceeding overseas to France on 20 Jul 1917, this time via Southampton. He rejoined the 11th Battalion on 8 Aug 1917 at Staple where they are training in preparation for re-entering the front lines.

On 20 Sep 1917 the 11th Battalion was a part of the attacking force on the German lines in Belgium opposite Polygon Wood that was to become known as the Battle of Menin Road. George was one of what was described in terms of "Considering the operation, our losses were remarkably light." Australian casualties numbered 5,013 for the day. As many were caused by artillery, and this was but the first of a number of major battles in this area over the next month, there is no known grave for George. Thus he is memorialised on the Menin Road Gate Memorial.

  • Menin Gate Memorial 2015 photo L Reynolds
  • Section of 11th Battalion Panel CWGC


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