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George ABERCROMBIE

Regimental number54
Date of birth23 April 1885
Place of birthShifnel, Shropshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
AddressArtillery Barracks, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 11"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Abercrombie, c/o Mr Stein, Wetherill Park, Smithfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4.5 years in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery; stll serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date5 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 December 1915
Place of enlistmentSouth Head, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameSiege Artillery Brigade
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollStaff Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 5 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Elizabeth ABERCROMBIE. Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date14 May 1921
Other details

War service: Western Front

[Form B103 incomplete]

Returned to duty, Sheerness, from sick leave, 11 July 1916 (appendicitis followed by pneumonia).

Marched in to 376th Heavy Artillery Group, Stowlangtoft, 31 January 1917.

Appointed EDP Sergeant, 13 February 1917.

Reverted to Acting Sergeant, 8 November 1917.

Appointed Acting Staff Sergeant, 24 July 1917.

Reverted to Gunner, 3 October 1918.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 4 October 1918, and appointed Acting Staff Sergeant.

Marched out to No 2 command Depot, Weymouth, 14 November 1918.

Reverted to Gunner, 15 November 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 15 November 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, from hospital, 5 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna', 5 January 1919 (active tuberculosis); disembarked, 14 March 1919.

Medical report, 15 March 1921, 'From that time on [i.e. July 1916, following discharge from hospital] had a cough. tests for T.B. positive in England 1918.'

Discharged (medically unfit: tuberculosis), 14 May 1921.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 November 1930
Age at death49
Place of burialCremated: Rookwood Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABERCROMBIE George

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