George William HUNGERFORD

Birthplace
Warwick
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Pastrycook
Enlisted
16-August-1915
Place
Sydney
Age
24
Status
Single
Service No
3327
Rank
Private
Unit
4th Battalion, 11th Reinforcements
Embarked
13-October-1915
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Egypt, Western Front
Highest rank
N/A
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Killed in action
Date
19-July-1916
Place
Fromelles, France
Cemetery or Memorial
Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial and St Luke’s Anglican Church Toowoomba Honour Board

Brother of 6014 Private Francis Cecil Hungerford and 1085 Corporal Sydney Gordon Hungerford.

 

In Egypt in February 1916, George Hungerford transferred to the newly-raised 53rd Battalion and arrived in France in June. Three weeks later he was killed in action at Fromelles. AIF casualties were 5,533 officers and men killed, wounded and missing, the worst 24 hours in Australian military history..

 

In 2009 - 93 years after the battle - George Hungerford's was one of 250 bodies recovered from several mass graves near Pheasant Wood, where they had been buried by the Germans after the disastrous battle. Their remains were re-interred at the newly-dedicated Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in 2010.