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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Pte George Legdon Harris.  Source:  Mapping our Anzacs



Harris G L     Pte    2044    George Legdon              29 Inf Bn    19    Labourer    Single    C of E       

Address:    Camperdown

Next of Kin:    Harris, Alice, Mrs,  Camperdown

                                                  135 Macauley Rd, Kensington           by 30 Mar 1916

                                                    11 Ovens St, Moonee Ponds           by 20 Aug 1916

                                                  591 Taylor St, Moonee Ponds             by 15 July 1917

                                                  Esplanade, Dromana                          by 22 Nov 1922

Enlisted:    20 Jul 1915       

Embarked:     A64 Demosthenes 29 Oct 1915   

Prior Service: 71 Inf


Relatives on Active Service:

Harris J S Pte 3168 brother KIA


Date of Death: 05/03/1918   57 Inf Bn

CWGC: "Son of Frank and Alice Harris, of 591, Mount Alexander Rd., Moonee Ponds, Victoria. Native of Chelsea, London, England".





Extract of Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiries Bureau.


2044 Private George Legdon Harris57th Battalion


On or about 5th March 1918, I was on an outpost duty at No 13 post on Messines Ridge, with No 2044 Pte Harris G L of my Battalion.  A minnenwerfer (large) blew the post right in except three yards of it, where another man and I were.  Harris had just previously said "I'll get a drink of tea".  The tea had been brought up into the post, and was just behind him.  Immediately after the explosion a search was made, and one wounded man was rescued, and one man was found killed.  We were taken out within half an hour.  No trace of Harris  had been found up to that time.  Parties were looking for remains for two nights after, withouth result.

Dated at No 2 Camp Hurdcott  (sgd)  P Devitt



Mrs Harris wrote to the Army in 1922 from The Esplanade, Dromana, seeking information about how to find the Menin Gate memorial as she intended to visit London shortly, and intended to visit the memorial.


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall F-L

St Thomas' Anglican Church*

St Thomas' Memorial Hall

Regimental Register


No In Memoriam notices in The Argus to 1921.

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