Chapman Valley History

George Oscar Harden Wamsley

2043, Corporal George Oscar Harden WAMSLEY
Unit: 44th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements, AIF

Where Born: Prahan, Victoria
School: Surrey Hills College, Victoria
Address: PO Geraldton, Western Australia
Occupation: Station manager, farmer, formerly clerk
Religion: Church of England
Marital status: Single
Parents: George William and Annie Tapley Wamsley, Leamington, East Kew, Victoria
Description: Height 5’ 8½”; weight 160 lbs; chest 38/41”; medium complexion; grey brown eyes; dark brown hair 

War Service: George enlisted on 28 Apr 1916 at Geraldton, WA, aged 32 years 9 months. He embarked per HMAT Suffolk from Fremantle, WA, 10 Oct 1916 and was promoted to Sergeant on the voyage. On 02 Dec 1916, George disembarked at Plymouth, England and was reverted to the ranks when marched in from Australia. On 01 Jan 1917, he was to be Temporary Company Quarter Master Sergeant on a permanent cadre of 11th Training Battalion. George was promoted to Corporal (Sub) 14 Jan 1917 and retained the rank of T/C QMS. From 19 Jan 1917 to 21 Feb 1917 he qualified 1st class at the 7th Rifle Course held at the School of Musketry, Tidworth and passed as having a fair knowledge of the Lewis Gun. On 18 Sep 1917, George reverted to the rank of Corporal at Perham Downs and marched out to his unit at Rouelles, France 23 Sep 1917. On 29 Sep 1917, he was taken on strength of 44th Battalion and promoted to Temporary Sergeant 07 Oct 1917. He was wounded in action (gassed) in the field 17 Oct 1917. The next day, George was reverted to Corporal and evacuated. He was admitted to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with mustard gas poisoning. On 24 Oct 1917, he was admitted to the Reading War Hospital in England and transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford, England 07 Mar 1918. George went on furlough ten days before being marched out to Hurdcott, England 01 Apr 1918. 02 May 1918 he marched in to Deverill, England and by 15 May 1918 proceeded to Folkestone, France. Three days later, George rejoined the battalion in Rouelles, France. On 04 Jul 1918, the battalion took part in the Battle of Hamel when he was killed.
Killed in Action: 04 Jul 1918 at Le Hamel, France, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal