Henry George

Henry George was born in Orange during the 1870s. At age 38 Henry enlisted in Liverpool in November 1914; he embarked from Sydney the following February.

Henry served as a Private in Egypt and Gallipoli in 1st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements. In May 1915 Henry contracted pneumonia and was hospitalised on board the Gloucester Castle. On 11 May he passed away and was buried at sea by Chaplain J. H. Wilford.

Since both Henry’s parents had predeceased him, Henry had nominated his sister Emma as his next of kin. Some months later she received two brown paper parcels from the army; one contained his identity disc, the other one handkerchief and four photographs.

Henry’s war medals were issued to his older sister, Annie McAnally from Peakhurst.

Annie inserted the following poem in Henry’s memorial notice in the Sydney Morning Herald on 12 June 1916:

He laid down his life for the Empire,
He sleeps neath the rolling wave;
At peace, though the world still is warring;
At peace and at rest with his God.

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This entry was posted on November 5th, 2014.