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George Oscar Harden WAMSLEY

Regimental number2043
Place of birthPrahan, Victoria
SchoolSurrey Hills College, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
AddressGeraldton PO, Geraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 8.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, George William Wamsley, 'Leamington', Burke Road, East Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Senior Cadets and in Mounted Rifles, Victoria (disbanded).
Enlistment date28 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 May 1916
Place of enlistmentGeraldton, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Place of burialCrucifix Corner Cemetery (Plot IX, Row D, Grave 3), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George William and Annie Tapley WAMSLEY.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 10 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 December 1916, and marched in to 11th Training Bn.

Qualified 1st Class at 7th Rifle Course , School of Musketry, Tidworth, 29 January-21 February 1917, and passed as having a fair knowledge of the Lewis Gun.

Promoted Corporal, 24 January 1917, and retained rank of Temporary Company Quartermaster Sergeant (from 1 January 1917).

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 September 1917; reverted to rank of Corporal.

Taken on strength, 44th Bn, in the field, 29 September 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 7 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 17 October 1917 (mustard gas blisters), and admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, and reverted to Private; transferred to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 19 October 1917 (gas poisoning); to England, 23 October 1917, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 24 October 1917 (gas poisoning: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 March 1918; discharged on furlough, 18 March 1918, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 1 April 1918.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 2 May 1918.!Proceeded overseas to France, 15 May 1918; rejoined 44th Bn, in the field, 20 May 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WAMSLEY George Oscar Harden

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