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George Stanley SHADFORTH

Regimental number23
Place of birthBeechworth, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
AddressGeorgetown, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 5"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinSon, Francis Stanley Shadworth, Tumoulin, Herberton, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 15 months in the 5th QIB.
Enlistment date9 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row I, Grave No. 42), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Family/military connectionsNephew: 1602 Corporal William Henry SHADFORTH, 9th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 12 November1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried Eaton Hall Military Cemetery, Croix Blanche, by Reverend G. Cranston, 19 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2460503 , 43 Corporal R. CAREW, 31st Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England), 25 July 1916: 'On 19th July, 1916, at Fleurbaix, at about 6.30 p.m. Pte. Shadforth was blown up and killed instantaneously ... '

Second statement, 1557 Sergeant A. MOORE, B Company, 31st Bn (patient, No 51 General Hospital, Etaples), 28 March 1917: A bomb landed at HQ, while he was there and blew him up, killing him outright. I saw his body lying in the support trench subsequently. The body was buried in the cemetery at Eaton Hall, Fleurbaix. I have seen the grave. A cross marks it ... '

Third statement, 79 Corporal W. LYNN, 31st Bn (patient, Lord Kitchener's Hospital, Brighton, England), 3 April 1917: 'Informant states that on July 19th at Fleurbaix Pte Shadforth was killed by a piece of shell passing through the heart, while preparing for an attack. A high explosive shell, 15 others were killed and informant was wounded by the same shell. Informant was an eye-witness ... '

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin's address incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Tonoulin, Queensland.
Place of burialNAA B2455 file 8077813; Red Cross File No 2460503 (25670)

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