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George RAINSBURY

Regimental number2736
Place of birthNorthcote, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWood machinist
AddressFitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.5"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Rainsbury, 207 Moore Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2736A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 8th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Camp Sarpi, Mudros, 20 December 1915 (mumps), and transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos; discharged to Anzac Base Depot, 5 January 1916.

Disembarked Alexandria, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation); rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 24 February 1916.

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 30 March 1916; transferred same day to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir (debility); discharged to unit same day.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 31 March 1916 (heat stroke); discharged to unit, 1 April 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 12 May 1916 (boils); transferred to 14th Field Ambulance, 13 May 1916 (septic arm); discharged to unit, 16 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 25 August 1916, declared 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2230604, 3806 Pte W.L. DALTON, C Company, 60th Bn, 21 June 1917: 'Casualty was with me on the 19th July at Fleurbaix in the attack. I went over the parapet in the C. Company wave. I was wounded in the hip and crawled into a shell hole with 5 other men. 2 crawled away leaving 3 of us. One was Cpl. Murton of Bendigo who had his foot blown off. His name is on the Missing List I see. Another one was the above named casulaty who was badly wounded in the abdomen. He lay moaning there all night, and he died before I was rescued by the Stretcher Bearers. I lay there from the Wednesday night to the Friday morning. There was no doubt whatever he died. His body would be unburied.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RAINSBURY George
Red Cross File No 2230604

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