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George WESTLAKE

Regimental number206
Place of birthBristol, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/- Mrs Doyle, West Port Pirie, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 1"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Thomas Westlake, 10 Callow Street, St Paul's, Bristol, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A 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.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
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 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
121
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ismailia, 19 December 1915, of (1) improper conduct in town, (2) overstaying leave, (3) resisting escort: awarded 7 days' confined to camp and forfeits 7 days' pay for improper conduct; awarded 3 days' confined to camp for overstaying leave; awarded 7 days' confined to camp and forfeits 7 days' pay for resisting escort.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916, of disobedience in such a manner as to show a wilful defiance of authority and lawful command given by his superior officer in the execution of his office: awarded 10 days' confined to barracks.

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

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2910201, 149 Pte Hedley McFARLANE, 32nd Bn (patient, Brook War Hospital, Woolwich, England), 4 September 1916: 'On the night of 19th July near Pozieres I was wounded and lay next to George Westlake who was dead. I crawled back, leaving him.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WESTLAKE George
Red Cross file 2910201

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