George James HEARN #5352

Indigenous Australian, Private George HEARN, 26th Infantry Battalion.

Indigenous Australian, Private George HEARN, 26th Infantry Battalion.

George Hearn was working as a Station Hand when he volunteered for the first AIF in March 1916. He travelled to the camp at Enoggera, where he trained for the Infantry and was assigned to the 14th Reinforcements of the 26th Infantry Battalion.

George left Brisbane on board HMAT 'Ionus" in August 1916 and arrived in Plymouth, England 10 weeks later. They were shipped to France in December but George was hospitalised with mumps when they landed.

George Hearn joined his unit in the field in January 1917 and survived the major operations at Warlencourt and Lagincourt, the Hindenburg Line defences around Bullecourt and the Battle of Menin Road in September.

It was during their involvement at the former German line at Bois de l'Abbe, near Villers-Bretonneux in August 1918 that George Hearn was seriously wounded. He was evacuated from the front line with gun shot wounds to his left leg, and hospitalised in England for several months, before being invalided home in December 1918.

George Hearn married Phyllis May Johns in Cunnamulla in December 1922, they had four children.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump

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