George Fishlock

First Name: 
George
Last Name: 
Fishlock
Date of Birth: 
Monday, June 22, 1885
Mother's Name: 
Mary Ann (nee Brazier)
Father's Name: 
Michael
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, August 17, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
3rd Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
Meritorious Service Medal
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory War Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, May 29, 1960
Place of Death: 
Wollongong, New South Wales
Details: 

George Fishlock was born at Cordeaux River, New South Wales on 22 June, 1885, to Michael and Mary Ann Fishlock. He was a 29 year old labourer when he enlisted in the AIF on 17 August, 1914. After training he embarked on the HMAT Derflinger from Sydney with the first contingent. After training in Egypt he was part of the second wave ashore at Gallipoli, in the same boat as Corporal Alfred Shipp. While rowing ashore George had an oar shot out of his hand. He was wounded in the first few days and admitted to hospital in Alexandria on 30 April, 1915, with a gun shot wound to the chin. He returned to Gallipoli soon after and was again wounded.This time he was evacuated to a hospital in Malta with a gunshot wound to his left elbow and thumb. He returned to Gallipoli for a third time on 30 October, 1915, and remained there until the evacuation. He moved on from Egypt to France with the 3rd Battalion and in July was in the fighting at Pozieres where he was wounded for the third time on the third anniversary of his enlistment.This wound was to his right leg and was caused by shrapnel from a British shell. He was evacuated to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne and on 5 November, 1916, he returned again to B Company 3rd Battalion, as a stretcher bearer.

On 12 February, 1917, he was admitted to hospital with acute rheumatism, and discharged 8 March, 1917. He was deemed unfit to be a stretcher bearer so he became a company cook.

In September 1917 he was with the battalion at the Third Battle of Ypres. He had some leave in Paris and there attended a cookery school. In August 1918 George was given guard duty on HMAT Medic and returned to Australia. He was discharged as medically unfit on 12 December, 1918. On 26 December, 1928, he married Charlotte Herd.

The citation for George's Meritorious Service Medal reads "[d]uring the period 22/9/17 to the 24/2/18 as a company cook this man showed great devotion to duty, often under trying circumstances in the foreward area. His one aim is to provide his comrades with the best meals possible both in and out of the line and in this has been successful."

 

In the image above, George Fishlock is on the right.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, FISHLOCK G

Comments

13 July 1915 he was wounded in action (for the 2nd time) and evacuated via Alexandria to Malta (gun shot wound left elbow) on Gloucester Castle returning to duty at Mundros 30/10/15. A letter from his parents posted 12 Nov 15 in Wollongong was endorsed "Killed" 4/12/15 possibly in Alexandria and returned to his parents via Sydney. Telegram sent 6 Jan 16 from his father to confirm if correct. Letter 7th Jan 16 from Base Records promising investigation of incorrect endorsement.

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