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George ANDREWS

Regimental number1503
Place of birthMonmouthshire, Wales
True NameWilliam George
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 5.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Andrews, Myrtle House, Caldicott, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Territorial Force for 4 years.
Enlistment date10 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name7th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
166
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Selina ANDREWS, 'Myrtle House',Caldicot, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli Peninsula, 5 May 1915.

Wounded in action and admitted to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 August 1915; transferred to Hospital Ship 'Delta', 8 August 1915 (gun shot wound, shoulder); to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 12 August 1915 (shrapnel wound, shoulder); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 12 August 1915; to No 1 Auxiliary Convalescent Depot, Luna Park, 13 August 1915; to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 27 September 1915; to New Zealand and Australian Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 27 September 1915; discharged to light duties, Zeitoun, 29 September 1915.

Posted to and proceeded to join 59th Bn, 26 February 1916; taken on strength 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, Ferry Post, 4 March 1916.

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

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Reported killed in action on 19 July 1916 by the authority of the Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, 3rd Echelon, General Headquarters, British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1917.

An undated eyewitness statement by 2904A Pte E.J. Hayward, 59th Bn, to the Officer Commanding Casualty Enquiry Office, Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, stated, 'Sergeant G. Andrews B. Coy. 59th Battalion has been reported Missing since July 19th 1916. Now I saw him killed. We were the only two on No-Man's-Land lying down waiting for the next wave to come up, when a shell hit Sergeant Andrews in the back and blew him to atoms and it was impossible to pick up the smallest particle of him.'

It was also noted on the B.103 Form, 'presume buried in No Man's Land approx at 5J 90 4 3 to 5K 0 2 5 1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5a:- bodies not recovered'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDREWS George

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