George Courtney

First Name: 
George
Middle Name: 
Edward Newell
Last Name: 
Courtney
Alternate Spelling: 
Gordon
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, December 17, 1898
Mother's Name: 
Ellen
Father's Name: 
George Courtney
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, February 8, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, February 25, 1947
Place of Death: 
Sydney
Details: 

George Courtney (Service No 833) was born in Dapto, N.S.W.

At enlistment George stated his age as 18 year when he had, in fact, just turned 17.  George nominated his sister, Eveline in Sydney, as next of kin. 

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A40 Ceramic with 18th Battalion, C Company on 25th June 1915.  After a stop in Egypt he arrived on Gallipoli on 16th August 1915 but was evacuated to hospital sick on 18th September 1915.

George was sent to Malta, Egypt and finally England.  While in England he was diagnosed as having diptheria.  He finally returned to his unit in France on 7th August 1916 and saw service on the Western Front but his health was not good.

On 18th February 1918 he was transferred to 4th Field Ambulance but was wounded in action on 5th April 1918 and sent to hospital in England for treatment of a gas attack.

George was returned to Australia in March 1919 and discharged medically unfit on 1st July 1919.

In 1920 he married Marjorie Rae.

George enlisted for service during World War II in Sydney (Service No N71376) serving as a Warrent Officer class 2 with 16th Garrison Battalion from 2nd January 1940 to 12th April 1944, when he was discharged medically unfit due to rheumatism.

George died in Sydney and is buried in the Field of Mars Cemetery.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COURTNEY G

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