George Joseph Thew

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THEW, George Joseph

Service no: 1388 [1]

Place of birth: Burwood, 21 June 1893

Address: c/- Mrs J.E. Johnson, Post Office, Manildra

Occupation: Packer

Next of kin: Jane Elizabeth Farr (formerly Thew) (mother), Post Office, Manildra, later Gobolion Street, Wellington

Date of enlistment: 1 September 1914

Place of enlistment: Sydney

Age at enlistment: 21

Fate: Embarked HMAT A14 Euripides Sydney 20 October 1914. Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 5 April 1915. Reported missing in action Gallipoli 7-12 August 1915. Declared killed in action at Gallipoli, Turkey following a court hearing dated 5 June 1916.

Date of death: 7 August 1915

Buried: Between Lone Pine and Brown’s Dip, Gallipoli, Turkey

George Joseph Thew was born in Burwood in 1893. He was the first child born to George Joseph Thew and his wife, Jane Elizabeth (nee Growder).

When he enlisted in Sydney in September 1914 George was living in Manildra, where he worked as a packer.

George embarked for Egypt in October 1914, a private in the 3rd Battalion. Private Thew was killed in action in the Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915. His body was retrieved several days later, identified by his pay book located in a pocket of his uniform. He was buried in a mass grave near Brown’s Dip; the Dean of Sydney presided over the burial service.

George Joseph Thew is commemorated on Wellington Cenotaph and Panel 21 of the Lone Pine Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

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