George WATEGO #5934
By Marg Powell & Des Crump | 18 July 2017
George Watego, 26th Infantry Battalion
George Watego was born near Sydney, NSW in 1891 and was working as a labourer when he enlisted in Brisbane 26 April 1916. After training at Enoggera he embarked on the troopship 'Boonah' arriving in England in January 1917.
He joined his battalion in May 1917 and during operations in Belgium at Westhoek Ridge, George Watego was severely wounded in the head and jaw. Watego was at first admitted to the 6th Australian Field Ambulance, then evacuated to England and admitted to King George's Hospital, London.
After six months treatment and recovery he was repatriated to Australia and medically discharged, in February 1918. His brother Murray Watego, who enlisted on the same day, was assigned to the 41st Infantry Battalion and after also being wounded in action was returned home on the same ship, as his brother.
Further reading ...
- Service record: WATEGO, George
- Embarkation roll
- Unit Diaries, 26th Infantry Battalion, September 1917
- Queenslands' Aboriginal brothers in arms in AIF
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History [mp4, 12mins]
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