George William Statham

Name    George William Statham

Number    Private 3241

Battalion   59th Battalion

Place of Birth   Port Mackay Queensland

Next of Kin   His mother, Mrs. Mary Statham of Korumburra and later South Melbourne and Brunswick

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 13/9/1915

Physical details on enlistment   27 years and 7 months, 5’5 ½ “, 11 stone, grey eyes and fair hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   A signal porter with the railways

Date and place of death He died on 14/8/1916 at the Eastern General Hospital Cambridge from gunshot wounds to the hip received at Fleubaix at the Battle of Fromelle.

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried in Cambridge Borough Cemetery

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He attended Leongatha State School and was connected mainly with Traralgon

Military History

  • He was a Leongatha State School past student
  • He was in a senior cadets unit
  • 13/9/15 He enlisted
  • 26/11/15 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Commonwealth
  • 29/2/16 He was in the 23rd Battalion at Tel el Kebir
  • 18/3/15 He transferred to the 59th Battalion
  • 18/6/16 He embarked Alexandria on the Kinfauns Castle
  • 29/6/16 He disembarked at Marseilles
  • His effects were a purse, keys, cash 2/0 ½, Egyptian coin, 2 halfpenny stamps, 1 war stamp
  • The solicitor from Leongatha asked for a death certificate
  • The telegram about his death went to Rev White before Mrs. Stratham
  • On Page 29 of his file is a medical case sheet.
  • He had an extensive wound going down to the bone.
  • There was a letter stating that he was wounded and assumed that he was progressing satisfactorily.
  • Mary asked for his deferred pay and she wrote stating that she has received a photo of her son’s grave
  • There is a good letter from Mary declaring she has received her War Service Badge and Bar because her other son was killed at Gallipoli. She wants a duplicate for her daughter. This was written in 1920. The duplicate cost 2/6
  • She received plaques, scrolls and medals.

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