No. 16 Lance Corporal George Thomas Davis
George Davis was the eldest son of Harry and A. E. Davis of Balliang East.
He enlisted in the A.I.F. on 29 April 1915, at Melbourne, and at that time his occupation was an Engine Driver. While in the Army, he was engaged as a driver, and his final Regiment was the 24th Battalion, Machine Gun Section.
After embarking from Melbourne on the H.M.A.T. Euripides on 8 May 1915, George joined the British Expeditionary Forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula in August 1915.
He was diagnosed with Enteric fever (Typhoid) on 22 October 1915, and evacuated to the 6th Field Ambulance on the 31 October 1915 at ANZAC. Then on the 3 November 1915 he was admitted to the 1st A.C.C. Hospital with Pyrexia (High fever). From here he was sent to No 15 General Hospital at Alexandria, and on the 4 December 1915 he was sent to Malta, and then on to England.
On 24 December 1915, George was admitted to the Addington Park War Hospital in Croydon, England, suffering from Enteric (Typhoid Fever). After 34 days of treatment, he was discharged on the 26 January 1916.
George was transferred from Abbey Wood to Monte Video, Weymouth on 3 June 1916, and embarked from Rollestone on the 25 July 1916 to his unit in France, arriving there on the 31 July 1916. On his first day back, George was killed, dying of wounds received in action. He was being treated in the 5th Australian Field Ambulance, France, where he passed away.
He is buried in the Becourt Military Cemetery, 1¼ miles east of Albert, France.Grave: I. U. 33.
George didn’t marry, and his death was mourned by his parents, and his siblings Dick, Rose and Louise.
A tribute in the The Argus newspaper, placed by his family said “Conquer or die for liberty.”
The Argus, 4 September 1916, p.1.
Medals & Entitlements:
- 1914/15 Star
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
- Memorial Plaque
- Memorial Scroll & King’s Message