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George Frederick URQUHART

Regimental number6910A
Place of birthMalvern, Victoria
SchoolArmadale State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter's assistant
AddressEast Caulfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. D.M. Urquhart, 'Ida Villa', Neerim Road, East Caulfield, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years, Senior Cadets; 1 year, 47th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date6 August 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 August 1917
Place of enlistmentMalvern, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 20th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6910
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 1 September 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Age at death20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Mayon and Daisy Matilda URQUHART, 'Ida Villa', 234 Neerim Road, East Caulfield, Victoria.
Family/military connectionsUncle: 68 Lieutenant Ernest POTTER, 38th Bn, returned to Australia, 27 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 21 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 15 December 1917.

Admitted to Suez Hospital (pyrexia), Suez, 26 December 1917; discharged to duty, Suez, 8 January 1918, and taken on strength; struck off strength to Port Said for embarkation, Suez, 9 January 1918.

Embarked Port Said, 9 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 20 January 1918; entrained for Cherbourg, France, 24 January 1918, disembarked Southampton, England, 2 February 1918, and marched into 6th Training Bn, Fovant.

Sick to Fovant Hospital, Fovant, 28 March 1918; admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 29 January 1918; discharged to Training Depot, Fovant, 20 April 1918.

Marched into No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 20 April 1918; marched out to 2nd Training Bde, Hurdcott, 21 May 1918, and marched into 5th Training Bn, Fovant, 21 May 1918.

Absent Without Leave, 12 June 1918; returned to 5th Training Bn, 18 June 1918.

Found guilty, 22 June 1918, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he while a defaulter failed to appear and answer his name on all parades, Fovant, 21 June 1918: awarded forfeiture of 17 days' pay, 22 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 July 1918; marched into Base Depot, Havre, 31 July 1918; marched out to unit, 4 August 1918.

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, in the field, 8 August 1918.

Killed in action, France, 1 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, URQUHART George Frederick

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