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Born in Yarrawonga, Victoria and Brass finisher by occupation, George Alexander Cairnes was 23 years and single when enlisted on the 10th of August 1915 in the 11th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 3038. His Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A32 'Themistocles' on the 13th of September 1915. On the 29th of July 1916 admitted sick to Hospital; re-joined ex Havre on the 11th of August 1916; promoted Lance Corporal, France on the 18th of August 1916; mustered Gunner, France on the 25th of August 1916. Embarked for England from No 2 Stationary Hospital (Influenza) on the 1st of February 1917. Admitted to Princess Christian Hospital Weymouth – Influenza, England on the 27th of February 1917. Wounded in action, France on the 22nd of August 1917. Embarked on H.S. 'Princess Elizabeth' for England gunshot wound shoulder, arm, buttock from France on teh30th of August 1917. Embarked for return to Australia on the 28th of February 1919 and was listed as returned to Australia per 'Anchises' on the 10th of April 1919. Discharged from the 5th Military District on the 3rd of June 1919 with Termination of Period of Enlistment. Tree No. 3378