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Private Herbert Ilot George

Service No.:
408
Unit:
5th Battalion
Tree No.:
N109
Planted by:
W George (Father or Brother)
Image of plaque on tree N109 for Herbert George
See Notes (1)
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Herbert was born in 1884 at Dunolly, VIC to William George and Amelia Mary Watts. Herbert had a brother, Harold, who is also remembered in the Avenue.

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KIA

Herbert was a grocery manager at Bright, VIC for Messrs Walker & Co.(3) when he enlisted in the AIF, 5th Battalion at South Melbourne on the 24th of August 1914 - only a few weeks after the beginning of the war - aged 30. He embarked aboard the HMAT A3 Orvieto in October, disembarking in Egypt in early December.

On the 25th of April 1915 Herbert landed at Gallipoli and not long after suffered a gunshot wound to the left leg and was admitted to hospital at Mudros, Lemnos. He rejoined his unit at Gallipoli in late May. In August he was again wounded, this time in the right eye and cheek - he did not return to Gallipoli. In December(2) Herbert was detached for duty with the 87th Field Ambulance, rejoining his unit in Egypt in early January 1916. He embarked from Alexandria, Egypt in March.

Herbert disembarked at Marseilles, France at the end of March 1916 and it was during the 5th Battalion's first major action in France at the Battle of Pozieres that Herbert was killed in action on the 27th of July 1916.

Herbert was buried at Peake Woods on Fricourt Contalmaison Chateau by Rev John D Coutts. There is a Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery but he is not listed or remembered there. He is remembered at the Villers Bretonneux Memorial.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh.

Notes

  1. When he signed his will in June 1916 he gave his rank as Lance Corporal
  2. From The Bacchus Marsh Express 19 Feb 1916 it states he was a clerk in the Quarter Master's Office on Lemnos
  3. The Bacchus Marsh Express 19 August 1916

Location of Tree Number N109

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