George Mason Hindmarsh

First Name: 
George
Middle Name: 
Mason
Last Name: 
Hindmarsh
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, April 10, 1890
Mother's Name: 
Mary Hindmarsh (nee Mason)
Father's Name: 
Joseph Hindmarsh
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, March 10, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
1st Tunnelling Company
Company: 
Headquarters 1
Awards: 
Military Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, December 7, 1969
Place of Death: 
Lake Macquarie, NSW
Details: 

George Hindmarsh (Service No 3608) was born in Newcastle, NSW.

George was single, 25 years old, employed as a colliery undermanager and lived at Corrimal, NSW when he enlisted.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A69 Warilda with 4th Tunnelling Company, Headquarters 1 on 22nd May 1916. Prior to departure on 16th May 1916 he was promoted to Corporal.

After arriving in France he was posted to 1st Tunnelling Company and saw service with them on the Western Front.

On 16th October 1917 George was promoted to Sergeant.

The 1st Australian Tunnelling Company took over from the Canadian Tunnellers at Hill 60 and while there George was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the face of the enemy. The award was gazetted on 11th October 1917 having been awarded on 5th June 1917. 

At the end of the war George was granted leave in England for 6 months to work in the mining industry before returning home in September 1919. He was discharged on 17th November 1919.

After the war he returned to mining where he had a long and distinguished career, which included being awarded the 1952 Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Medal.

George's brother, Thomas Hindmarsh (Service No 3784) also served.

Sources: 
TROVE - http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/142623720
NAA: B2455, HINDMARSH G M 3608

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