George Joseph Thew was born in Burwood in 1893. He was the first child born to George Joseph Thew and his wife, Jane Elizabeth (nee Growder).
When he enlisted in Sydney in September 1914 George was living in Manildra, where he worked as a packer.
George embarked for Egypt in October 1914, a private in the 3rd Battalion. Private Thew was killed in action in the Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915. His body was retrieved several days later, identified by his pay book located in a pocket of his uniform. He was buried in a mass grave near Brown’s Dip; the Dean of Sydney presided over the burial service.
George Joseph Thew is commemorated on Wellington Cenotaph and Panel 21 of the Lone Pine Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.