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G. W. Elsworth


39th Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Miss D. Webb
  • Plaque: 3129

Additional Info

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George Washington Ellsworth was born in Sebastapol , and enlisted from there on 2nd March 1916. He was an unmarried, 24 year old farm labourer. He was posted to the 39th Infantry Battalion with Regimental No. 440. He was appointed Lance Corporal after he had been in the trenches in France for some time. His unit was rotated between the rear areas and the front line trenches for 5 months during the awful winter of 1916-17. He was hospitalised with a fever and evacuated to UK. He returned to the trenches on the 5th May 1918. His body was found away from the battalion area with a gunshot wound to the neck on 28th July 1918. A court of enquiry returned the verdict that he had died by his own hand, but could not state whether it was by accident or not. He is buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France. Tree No. 3129

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