Private George Leslie Makin

Service Number 703
Birth Date 04 April 1894
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Death Date 08 September 1918
Death Place France: Haute-Normandie, Seine Maritime, Rouen
Final Rank Private
Units

George Leslie Makin was born in North Melbourne, Victoria, on 4 April 1894, and was educated at St. Alban's State School. He had served for three years with the 51st Regiment of the Citizen Forces at Albert Park by the time he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 18 August 1914.Makin was posted to the 5th Infantry Battalion, and embarked on-board HMAT Orvieto on 21 October 1914. He served at Gallipoli until October of 1915, when he was taken ill with enteric fever. After spending time in hospital on Lemnos, he was eventually evacuated to England, where he was hospitalised for several weeks. He re-joined his battalion in June 1916, by which time they were fighting on the Western Front, in France. Makin wrote many letters home during his service, often expressing homesickness and worry for his mother. He also wrote of the trying conditions he faced in France, and was hospitalised with illness on several other occasions. Despite these difficulties, he was promoted a number of times, eventually being promoted to lieutenant on 9 September 1916.On 25 August 1918, Makin was leading his company in an attack at St. Martin's Wood, when he was badly wounded. He was admitted to the 3rd Field Ambulance, before being transferred to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station, and finally to the 8th General Hospital in Rouen, France where he succumbed to his wounds on 8 September 1918. George Leslie Makin is buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Fate
    Died of wounds
    Date of Fate
    08 September 1918
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Orvieto A3
    Date of Embarkation
    21 October 1914
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-04-04
Date of embarkation 1914-10-21
Date of death 1918-09-08

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