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Regimental number1529
Place of birthPaisley, Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
Address1 Kilgar Crescent, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 4.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ellen Elizabeth Carlin, 98 Johnston Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death36
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 5th Bn, Anzac, Gallipoli, 5 May 1915.

Admitted to Isolation Hospital, Cairo, 6 June 1915 (venereal disease); discharged to duty. 15 June 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 13 July 1915.

To hospital, Lemnos, 6 September 1915; disembarked Malta, 6 September 1915 (dysentery); rejoined unit, Lemnos, 13 September 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros West, 15 September 1915 (vomiting); transferred to duty, and rejoined Bn, 17 October 1915.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, Anzac, 13 November 1915, on charge of When on Active Service absenting himself without leave from 2140 on 7 November 1915 till 'retreat' on 9 November 1915: awarded 56 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 57th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, 3616 Corporal S. RICHARDSON, 60th Bn, 19 April 1917: 'Pte George Carlin was with my section on 19.7.16 at Fleur Baix (sic) while the section was waiting to commence a raid, and that while so waiting an enemy shell came over and landed in No. 1 section killing two or three fellows. Carlin at this time was standing close to this section and was undoubtedly killed by the shell ... I made [a] search for him after the explosion but could find no trace of him, nor was he traced up to the time of my evacuation about 24.7.16.'

Note on Red Cross File No 690411: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CARLIN George
Red Cross File No 690411

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