George Edgar Lockie

George Edgar Lockie was born in Selkirk in Scotland in the late 1880s. His parents were George and Helen Lockie; he had a sister, Nellie, and a brother, Walter.

George was educated at Knowepark School at Selkirk. George came to Australia aged 24. He and his brother Walter settled in Orange, where they had relatives. When Walter married in 1913 George was his best man.

George enlisted in April 1915 and was allocated to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcements as a private. He disembarked at Gallipoli in July, where he served for just over two months before being hospitalised with influenza. George returned to duty briefly, but was found to be unfit for duty and was transferred to Sarpi Rest Camp on the island of Lemnos.

Private Lockie joined the 45th Battalion in May 1916, and proceeded to Marseilles with the British Expeditionary Force the following month. On 26 Boxing Day 1916 George was appointed Lance Corporal. George was killed in action in Messines in Belgium on 7 June 1917, aged 29. He has no known grave and is commemorated the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 27, in Belgium and on the World War I Roll of Honour on the southern face of the Orange Cenotaph.

Walter and his family remained in Orange for many years, firstly at 27 Sampson Street, and later at 33 Lord Street. Walter relocated to Ashfield prior to his death in 1965.

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This entry was posted on April 18th, 2015.