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Private George Squires Mitchelson

Service No.:
1881
Unit:
37th Battalion
Tree No.:
S162
Planted by:
Thomas Heath
Image of plaque on tree S162 for George Mitchelson
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KIA

George was was born in Bacchus Marsh(1), VIC in 1894 to Andrew Mitchelson and Harriet Hinchcliff.

George was a labourer in Rushworth, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 2nd Reinforcements, 37th Battalion on the 7th of April 1916, aged 21 - he had previously been in the Senior Cadets and had tried to enlist previously three times(2). He embarked aboard the RMS Orontes in August and during the passage was fined one day's pay for smoking on the Troop Deck.

In early October 1916 George disembarked at Plymouth, England and joined his unit three weeks later before he embarked for France. In December he was hospitalised for three weeks with mumps. In late February he was reported missing, later reported dead.

He was in HQ Scouts and in the Houplines sector at the time. He was bringing back a German prisoner and finding that he had no ammunition for a German revolver he had got, he went back to try and find some. He did not return. His body was however found two weeks later by men of the 9th Brigade, who brought it in.

Source: Pte. Nicoll 651 - Red Cross Wounded & Missing

He is buried Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France - grave 231, section 3 block 3 row F.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour held by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh.

Notes

  1. Service records state Bacchus Marsh, indexes of BDM state Ascot Vale.
  2. The Bacchus Marsh Express 24 Mar 1917

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