Henry George

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Service no: 1357 [1]

Place of birth: Orange

Address: c/- Emma Davies, 47 York Street, North Sydney

Occupation: Miner

Next of kin: Emma Davies (sister), 47 York Street, North Sydney, later 50 Princes Street, Dawes Point

Date of enlistment: 5 November 1914

Place of enlistment: Liverpool

Age at enlistment: 38

Fate: Embarked HMAT Seang Bee A48 Sydney, 11 February 1915. Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, Alexandria, 5 April 1915. Died of disease (pneumonia) at sea aboard HS Gloucester Castle.

Date of death: 11 May 1915

Buried: 11 May 1915, at sea between Gallipoli and Alexandria

Henry George was born in Orange during the 1870s. At age 38 Henry enlisted in Liverpool in November 1914; he embarked from Sydney the following February.

Henry served as a Private in Egypt and Gallipoli in 1st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements. In May 1915 Henry contracted pneumonia and was hospitalised on board the Gloucester Castle. On 11 May he passed away and was buried at sea by Chaplain J. H. Wilford.

Since both Henry’s parents had predeceased him, Henry had nominated his sister Emma as his next of kin. Some months later she received two brown paper parcels from the army; one contained his identity disc, the other one handkerchief and four photographs.

Henry’s war medals were issued to his older sister, Annie McAnally from Peakhurst.

Annie inserted the following poem in Henry’s memorial notice in the Sydney Morning Herald on 12 June 1916:

He laid down his life for the Empire,
He sleeps neath the rolling wave;
At peace, though the world still is warring;
At peace and at rest with his God.
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