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George Robert HARRINGTON

Regimental number49
Date of birth20 January 1895
Place of birthToowoomba Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressWestbrook Crossing, Warwick Line, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Harrington, Wallace Street, Newtown, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in 3rd (Darling Downs) Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRoma, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board A5, S.S. Omrah on 24 September 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 9th Battalion
Promotion date: 9 November 1915


Unit: 9th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
Promotion date: 20 February 1916


Unit: No 3 Machine Gun Company
Promotion date: 5 July 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Discharge date16 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Appointed Lance corporal, Gallipoli, 21 May 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 17 July 1915.

Reprimanded, 23 July 1915, for neglecting to obey an order.

Promoted Sergeant, 13 August 1915.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 9 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 4 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Lieutenant, 20 February 1916.

Transferred to 3rd Machine Gun Company, 13 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.

Seconded from 9th Bn for duty with 3rd Machine Gun Company, 1 April 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 1 November 1916 (catarrh), and transferred to Corps Rest Station; to 2nd Red Cross Depot, Rouen (venereal disease: gonorrhoea: mild); to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 27 December 1916; to Base Depot, 15 January 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 27 days. Marched out to unit, and rejoined, 25 January 1917.

Assumed temporary command, 21 May 1917; relinquished temporary command. 17 June 1917.

On leave to England, 20 June 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 5 July 1917.

Promoted Captain, 5 July 1917.

Posted for duty with Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, England, 1 August 1917; marched in to Depot, 4 August 1917; appointed Adjutant, 14 December 1917; relinquished appointment as Adjutant, 20 January 1918, but remained seconded.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 June 1918; rejoined 1st Machine Gun Bn, in the field, 20 June 1918.

Detached to School of Instruction, 21 October 1918.

On leave to England for 75 days, 6 November 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 24 January 1919.

Marched out to England, 20 March 1919, for return to Australia.

Married (no details on file); Memo, 1 July 1919, noted wife as Mrs A. Harrington, 42 Meadow Road, Shortlands, Bromley, Kent, England.

Commenced return to Australia from Tilbury on board HT 'Waheha', 10 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 1 July 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Brisbane, 16 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 October 1969
Place of burialToowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRINGTON George Robert

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