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George Alexander CHESNEY

Regimental number1902
Place of birthPortglenone, Ireland
AddressClark Street, Wayville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Chesney, Port Glenone, Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPTE (A/CPL)
Unit name27th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Morea on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 January 1918
Discharge date29 April 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 27th Bn at Gallipoli, 12 October 1915. Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 28 October 1915 (gun shot wound, wrist); rejoined Bn, 2 November 1915. Disembarked HS 'Neuralia' Alexandria, 13 November 1915, and admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh; discharged to Overseas Base, 4 December 1915; rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 12 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 10 June 1916 (pharyngitis), and transferred same day to Divisional Rest Station; discharged to unit, 15 June 1916; rejoined unit, 15 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 4 August 1916 (multiple gun shot wounds); admitted to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, and transferred by Ambulance Train to St John Ambulance Brigade, Etaples, 6 August 1916; to England, 20 August 1916 (shrapnel wound, skull), and admitted to Sycamore Road Military Hospital, Nottingham, 21 August 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 15 February 1917; rejoined unit, 13 March 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 27 March 1917; Corporal, 27 March 1917.

Proceeded to 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, England, and placed on supernumerary list, 18 September 1917. Marched into 2nd Division Base Depot, Havre, 6 December 1917.

Transferred to England, 15 January 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Osterley', 31 January 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 13 April 1918, for onward travel by rail to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), 29 April 1918.

Total war service: 2 years 346 days (of which 2 years 231 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 July 1959
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHESNEY George Alexander

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