Lance Corporal George Booley

Service number 111
Ranks Held Lance Corporal, Private, Signaller
Birth Date 1890
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Kew
Death Date 1982
Final Rank Lance Corporal
Unit 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Kew
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

George Booley was born in Kew, Victoria and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Melbourne on 19 August 1914. Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Booley worked as a farmer in the Banyan area. He was assigned to the 5th Infantry Battalion and departed Melbourne on 21 October 1914 aboard HMAT Orvieto. After a short time in Egypt, Booley was transferred to Gallipoli where he served as part of the second wave of attacks on 25 April 1915. During the landing, he was wounded and invalided to Mudros and then Helipolis, Egypt.

After recovering from his wounds, Booley joined the 5th Infantry Battalion in France. In July 1916 he received a recommendation for a Mention in Orders as part of signals group that risked their lives to keep communications open during heavy shelling at Pozieres. By 1917, Booley had been commissioned as a lance corporal and spent time in England on leave. After returning to the front in early 1918, he was struck down by illness and remained in hospital until September. George Booley briefly returned to the front before leaving to return to Australia on 8 October 1918.



Date of birth 1890
Date of enlistment 19 August 1914
Date of embarkation 21 October 1914
Date of recommendation honour or award 02 August 1916
Date returned to Australia 08 October 1918
Date of death 1982