George Cheadle

First Name: 
Last Name: 
Alternate Spelling: 
George Wilson
Date of Birth: 
Friday, July 2, 1897
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth Wilson Cheadle
Father's Name: 
Sydney John Cheadle
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, May 8, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
3rd Battalion
C Company
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, August 22, 1918
Place of Death: 
Harbonnieres, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action

George Cheadle was born on 2 July 1897 to Joseph and Elizabeth Wilson.  Joseph Wilson died on 30 September 1905.  In 1908 Elizabeth Wilson married Sydney Cheadle and Elizabeth's children took his name.

Prior to the war, he was a member of the cadets and was an apprentice carpenter to Mr Lett of Austinmer. He enlisted on 8 May 1915 at the age of 18 and joined the 3rd Battalion.

South Coast Times George returned home for a few days in July 1915, recuperating from an attack of pleurisy and pneumonia. He was at a camp in Liverpool when attacked with the illness and was conveyed to hospital at Victoria Barracks. The illness delayed his departure for the front as his company left the week before.

Extracts from his diary, available at Wollongong City Library, delve into his time during training and at the front. It also contains a poem he wrote following the battalions' stay in South Africa.

According to the National Australian Archives, he was gassed and suffered poisoning in August 1916.

George was killed in action on 22 August 1918 and is buried at the Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres France.

George's service is commemorated on the Austinmer War Memorial.


Geroge Cheadle, Copy of diary, 1916-1918, Wollongong City Library, Local Studies MMS, ###
‘Austinmer’, South Coast Times, 23 July 1915, p.17.

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