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George HONEY

Regimental number1291
Place of birthPort Isaac, England
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o J Bradshaw, 'Beechboro', West Guildford, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ann Brown Honey, c/o John Bradshaw, 'Beechboro', West Guildford, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Originally listed as 'No known grave'; listed on V.C. Corner (Panel No 5 Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Honey, G. 32.I.R. D. Coy. Nr. 1291. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Name appeared on German Death List, 4 November 1916.

Red Cross File No 1360707 has statement from 1379 Pte F. THEW, D Company, 32nd Bn, 1 January 1916: 'I regret to inform you that there is absolutely no doubt as to his death. On enquiries from some of the other men who saw him at the time, I find that unfortunately he was bayonetted by the enemy in the encounter (19-7-16).'

Second statement, 3116 Pte H.C. GRIEVES (patient, No 2 General Hospital, Havre), 19 November1916: 'I knew Honey personally ... He was killed at Fromelles, being bayoneted in the head in the German first line. His body was not recovered. Lieut. [W.A.] WARD of the 32nd battalion (sic), saw this and told me later.'

Third statement, 1231 Pte A.W. CAMERON, 32nd Bn (patient, 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, Moneyhull Section; statement undated): 'On the 19th July, 1916, at Fleurbaix, during a charge, Pte Honey ... was killed between the first enemy trench and our objective. We had taken the first trench and were making for the second line when I saw Honey fall struck by a shell. He fell face downwards, and lay there. He was badly knocked about. We went beyond our objective, but had to retire to our front trench next morning at 6 a.m. We could not get in any of the wounded, nor bury the killed.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HONEY George
Red Cross file 1360707

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