Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1887
Geboorteplaats:
Longuyon, France, Frankrijk

Algemene Informatie

Laatst gekende woonplaats:
Perth, Western Australia, Australië
Beroep:
Bushman
Geloof:
Rooms-katholiek

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Service nummer:
2601
Dienstneming datum:
22/06/1915
Dienstneming plaats:
Blackboy Hill, Western Australia, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Infantry, 51st Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
26/09/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Brick Kiln & Yard, Zonnebeke, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
30

Begraafplaats

Hagle Dump Cemetery
Plot: III
Rij: F
Graf: 1

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Points of interest 4

#1 Geboorteplaats
#2 Laatst gekende woonplaats
#3 Dienstneming plaats
#4 'Sterfteplaats'

Mijn verhaal

Leo George, a former bushman, was born in December 1887 in Longinjon, France. He was the son of Adolphus Charles George. On June 22, 1915 he enlisted in Blackboy Hill, Western Australia and he embarked from Fremantle on board HMAT A68 Anchises on September 2, 1915, with the 8th reinforcement of the 11th Battalion. He later joined the 51st Battalion, part of the 13th Australian Brigade of the 4th Australian Division.

The Division participated in the Battle of Polygon Wood on the 26th of September 1917, with two Brigades. The 4th Australian Brigade on the right of the Divisional front and the 13th on the left. The attack of the 13th Australian Brigade was carried by the 50th Australian Battalion; the 49th and the 51st Battalions were in support.

The 51st took up positions with the 49th Battalion on the right flank and the 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment, of the 3rd British Division, on the left. At 5.50 a.m. the allied artillery put down a heavy barrage 150 yards in front of the 50th Battalion. The barrage crept forward after five minutes, with the attacking Battalions behind it. Six minutes later they were followed by the 49th and 51st Australian Battalions. The Battalions of the 13th Brigade advanced down ANZAC Ridge through the valley of the Steenbeek, towards Anzac House and Tokio Spur on the left flank of Polygon Wood. The going was hard, because the terrain was boggy. The small stream of the Steenbeek, which served as a prewar irrigation canal, had turned the surrounding ground in a morass, as its banks had been destroyed by the relentless shelling. Consequently the rainwater had no way out and frequently inundated the lowlands. The men struggled and some off them sank knee-deep away in the mud. Small arms fire only inflicted small casualties, but the casualties, due to shelling were heavy.

Notwithstanding the boggy terrain and the fierce shelling, the men of the 49th and 51st Battalions moved through the 50th at their objective, the Red Line. And they advanced towards their own objective, the Blue Line, running from D.28.a.2.3 to D.28.b.7.5. They only encountered slight resistance on their way, and overran the Blue Line by 8.15 a.m. Capturing the brickyard on the Western outskirts of the village of Zonnebeke. The surviving Germans withdrew and the 51st Battalion started consolidating the Blue Line. The men were deployed along the line under heavy German shell- and machine gun fire. On the right flank, the 4th Brigade reached and consolidated their objectives. The whole 4th Australian Division was now in position in the vicinity of the hamlet of Molenaarelsthoek, facing the heavy fortified German defensive line Flandern I. The British 3rd Division on the left flank was held up 200 yards short of the crest of the Windmill Cabaret Ridge.

Strong points and Lewis gun emplacements were established along the line. A communication trench was dug and two mortars and two Vickers machine guns were positioned behind the frontline. The Germans started enfilading the Battalion’s position with machine gun fire from 9 a.m. on. The German artillery also started shelling the frontline. At first hesitatingly, but soon the Germans put down some heavy barrages on the frontline. Company “C” on the left flank suffered numerous casualties.

Leo, aged 30, was killed in action on September 26, 1917. Private George was initially buried where he fell, south of Brick Kiln & Yard (28.D.28.c.50.60). After the war, his remains were exhumed and reinterred in Hagle Dump Cemetery, Plot 3, Row F, Grave 1.

Bronnen 5

13th Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/3/20).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Gebruikte bronnen
51st Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/68/19).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Gebruikte bronnen
Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), RCDIG1064166).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Gebruikte bronnen
First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
Gebruikte bronnen
Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Gebruikte bronnen

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