George Williamson Hartley

(05/01/1888 - 23/06/1917)

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Born: 05/01/1888 at Rockhampton, QLD, Australia Certified Father: Stewart Williamson Hartley (00/00/1850 - 25/09/1909)
Died: 23/06/1917 Certified Mother: Sarah Ann Buzacott (00/00/1858 - 30/11/1942)
Children: Siblings: Charles Stewart Buzacott Hartley (30/04/1880 - 15/09/1902)
Emily Christiana Hartley (13/11/1881 - 27/02/1923)
Sarah Isobel Hartley (25/09/1883 - 05/10/1885)
Robert Lister Whiteford Hartley (08/08/1885 - 00/09/1976)
Jane Verney Hartley (15/11/1889 - 10/06/1930)
John William Murray Hartley (02/12/1891 - 09/01/1917)
Sarah Louise Esther Hartley (16/01/1897 - 02/12/1984)



Birth Ref: 88/010012 or 1888/010012

Occupation: Assayer

Gravestone says:

Private B.Coy 15th Battalion, Died of wounds received near Messines, Belguim, June 23rd 1917, Interred at Trois Arbres, France, aged 29 years.

From the Roll of Honour:

Hartley, George Williamson
Number: 5697
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 15th Bn Australian Inf
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of Death: 23/06/1917
Place of Death:
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Memorial Panel: 76
Cemetery or Memorial Details: FRANCE 297 Trois-Arbres Cemetery Steenwerck
Next Of Kin:
Place Of Enlistment: Rockhampton, QLD
Native Place:
Notes: HARTLEY, Pte. George Williamson, 5697. 15th Bn. Australian Inf. Died of wounds, 23rd June, 1917. Age 29. Son of Stewart Williamson Hartley and Sarah Anne Hartley, of Trawden, Rundle St., Rockhampton, Queensland. I. U. 2.
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

(Just outside the Memorial's Hall of Memory, where the remains of the Unknown Soldier rest, there is a long series of bronze panels recording the names of Australia's war dead. This is known as the Roll of Honour.)

Title [Australian War Memorial registry file:] Mrs S.A. Hartley, Rockhampton, Qld [Request for donation of private records of Private George Williamson Hartley and Lieutenant John William Murray Hartley]
Item barcode: 997948
Series number: AWM93
Series accession number: AWM93
Control symbol: 12/11/4284
Contents date range: 1930 - 1931
Location: Australian War Memorial
Access status: Open
Reason for restriction: Date of decision: 14 May 1997

Source = (National Archives of Australia)

Death Ref: 22/003763 AIF

Grave / Memorial Ref: I. U. 2.
Cemetery Plans:

Steenwerck is a village on the D77 about 6 kilometres south-east of Bailleul, and to the east of the road from Bailleul to Estaires. The Cemetery is situated to the north-east midway between the village and the main road from Bailleul to Armentieres and north of the recently built motorway.

Historical Information:

Steenwerck village remained untouched for much of the First World War, but on 10 April 1918 it was captured by the Germans and remained in their possession until the beginning of October. Trois-Arbres passed into German hands a day later than Steenwerck, after a rearguard defence by the 34th Division. The site for Trois Arbres Cemetery was chosen for the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station in July 1916, and Plot 1 and the earlier rows of Plot II, were made and used by that hospital until April 1918. A few further burials were made in the cemetery after the German withdrawal at the end of 1918 and after the Armistice, graves were brought into it from the battlefields of Steenwerck, Nieppe, Bailleul and Neuve-Eglise.

There are now 1,704 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 435 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to ten casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Hartley, George William
Display Record (PDF File)
Service Number: 5697
Rank/Calling: Private
Unit: 15 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 23 Reinforcements (December 1914 - November 1916)
Ship Name: HMAT Seang Choon
Ship Number: A49
Date of Embarkation: 4/05/1916
Place of Embarkation: Brisbane

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