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George Frederick FALKINER

Regimental number955
Date of birthJuly 1888
Place of birthWhangarei New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSailor and telegraphist
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 4"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Falkiner, Whangerei, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military service2 years Artillery, New Zealand
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Place of enlistmentRosebery, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF13
Promotion date: 5 November 1917


Unit: INF13
Promotion date: 5 April 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 3 September 1916

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Rebecca FALKINER

Military Medal

'On the night of 31st August, 1916, in the operations north west of POZIERES, Corporal FALKINER went out to lay a telephone line. Finding the usual route impassable owing to mud and damage caused by shell fire, he went out alone and laid the wire in the open, regardless of the heavy shelling from the enemy. He successfully accomplished his work and kept his Battalion in communication at a most critical time. This N.C.O. has done consistently excellent work since the landing at ANZAC on 25th April, 1915.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'Is recommended for bravery, devotion to duty and skilful control of signal communications during operations near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. Though wounded before the attack commenced, he remained on duty, supervising stations, helping to run lines and doing all within his power to assure smooth working. On duty without ret or respite during the whole tour, out at all times under the heaviest barrage, he was an example and an inspiration to all. Sergeant FALKINER was awarded the Military Medal for work at MOUQUET FARM on the 29th August, 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Discharge date7 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 24 July 1915; Corporal, 24 July 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 3 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, Moascar, 1 February 1916 (chancre); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 1 February 1916 (venereal disease); to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 3 February 1916 (gonorrhoea); rejoined unit, Serapeum, 2 April 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 41 days.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Appointed Signaller Sergeant, Belgium, 9 September 1916.

Awarded Military Medal.

Wounded in action, 10 June 1`917, remaining at duty.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 25 September 1917, remaining at duty.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 5 November 1917.

On leave, 4 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 19 March 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 5 April 1918.

Detached to US Army, 24 September 1918; rejoined 13th Bn from detachment, 2 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 5 October 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 22 October 1918.

On 75 days' leave to United Kingdom, 10 November 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 7 February 1919.

Marched out to England, 15 March 1919.

Granted leave with pay and subsistence, 24 March-24 May 1919 (Non-Military Employment: telephone experience, attending Engineer, with GPO, London; granted extension, 25 May-24 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 3 September 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 7 November 1919.

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death4 June 1938
Age at death45
Place of burialBotany Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, FALKINER George Frederick

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