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George Henry FONE

Regimental number3282
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
Address12 Phillip Street, Long Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Nancy Williams Fone, 12 Phillip Street, Long Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets, Compulsory Military Training scheme.
Enlistment date9 June 1917
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Place of death or woundingGuillimont Farm
Age at death19.3
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialRonssoy Communal Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Bendigo Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Henry William (d. 19 December 1922, aged 44; bu. Bendigo Cemetery) and Nanny Williams FONE (d. 5 July 1956, aged 79; bu. Bendigo Cemetery)
Family/military connectionsFather: 3815 Pte Henry William FONE, 5th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 November 1918 (d. 19 December 1922); Uncle: 2819 Pte Henry TRAHAIR, 7th Bn, died of wounds, 7 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 August 1917; disembarked Glasgow, Scotland, 2 OCtober 1917; marched in to Pioneer Training Bn, Sutton Veny, 8 October 1917.

Marched out to Codford as Working Party, 27 January 1918; marched in to Training Bn from Codford, 3 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 February 1918; taken on strength, 3rd Pioneer Bn, in the field, 23 February 1918.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 June 1918 (trench fever), and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 36, 2 June 1918, and admitted to 11th Stationary Hospital, 4 June 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to England, 9 June 1918, and admitted to War Hospital, Exeter, 10 June 1918 (laryngitis: severe); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 July 1918; discharged on furlough, 8 July 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 22 July 1918.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, 22 July 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 9 August 1918.

Found guilty, 31 August 1918, of overstaying leave from midnight, 29 August, till reporting back at 3 pm, 30 August 1918: admonished, and awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay; total forfeiture: 2 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 September 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 18 September 1918.

Killed in action, 29 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FONE George Henry

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