Biography

Birth date: 04 April 1894
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Death date: 08 September 1918
Death place: France: Seine Maritime, Rouen
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 703 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 08 September 1918
  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 21 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

Photograph

H13947

Group portrait of five officers of the 5th Battalion, AIF. Back row, left to right: Lieutenants Harold Maurice Griffiths MC (later killed in action 8 May 1917), John William Dwyer. Front row: Captains Thomas Karran Maltby, Eric George De Trembley Permezel MC and Lieutenant George Leslie Makin...

H13947

H15247

Portrait of Lieutenant George Leslie Makin of the 5th Battalion, AIF, and Captain Alasdair F. Gibson of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Lt Makin died of wounds on 8 September 1918 and is buried at St Sever Cemetery Rouen. (Donor Mrs M.F. Makin)

H15247

EZ0061

Wielding a pair of pliers, Chaplain Walter Ernest Dexter DSO MC DCM (left) pretends that he is about to extract a tooth from the seated Captain Daniel Aston Luxton at a dressing station behind the trenches. Standing on the right is Lt Staniforth Ricketson and standing behind Capt Luxton is Lt...

EZ0061

P10550.040

Group portrait of officers of the 5th Battalion. Identified are (back row, left to right): 497 Lieutenant (Lt) Harold Maurice Griffiths MC from Colac, Victoria; Lt John William Dwyer from Brunswick, Victoria. Front row: Captain (Cpt) Thomas Karran Maltby from Yarraville, Victoria; Cpt Eric George...

P10550.040

Private Record

Makin, George Leslie (Lieutenant, b.1894 - d.1918)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant George Leslie Makin, 5 th Battalion AIF. Collection consists chiefly of 141 letters written by Lieutenant George Leslie Makin to members of his family including his older brother Harry, and several letters of condolence written to... Maker: Makin, George Leslie

1DRL/0473 (With records)

Makin, James Joseph (Sergeant, b.1896 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 3862 Sergeant James Joseph Makin, 21 Battalion and Australian Army Pay Corps. Collection consists of fifty-five letters written by James Joseph Makin to members of his family, and typescript extracts from Makin's diary, covering the period 8... Maker: Makin, James Joseph

1DRL/0474 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Correspondence from George Leslie Makin to his family, 1914-1915

Letters and postcards relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant George Leslie Makin, 5th Battalion. These were sent by George Makin to his parents and brothers, and date from 12 September 1914 - 28 December 1915. In the earlier letters, Makin describes life on HMAT Orvieto during the...

RCDIG0000188

Letters from George Leslie Makin to his family, 1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutentant George Leslie Makin, 5th Infantry Battalion. These were sent by George Makin to his parents and brothers, and date from 5 January 1916 to 22 December 1916. The contents of these lettes include Makin describing conditions in France,...

RCDIG0000189

Letters from George Leslie Makin to his family, 1917-1918

Letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant George Leslie Makin, 5th Infantry Battalion. These were sent by George Makin to his parents and brothers, and date from 2 January 1917 to 20 August 1918. Topics covered include the terrible conditions in France during the winter, Makin's...

RCDIG0000190

Miscellaneous records and correspondence relating to George Leslie Makin, 1915-1919

Miscellaneous records and correspondence relating to the First World War service of George Leslie Makin, 5th Battalion, AIF. This file includes heartfelt condolence letters from Makin's fellow soldiers, sent to Makin's mother and brother following his death. File contains: Special battalion order...

RCDIG0000191

Letters from James Joseph Makin to his family, 1915 - 1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of Private James Joseph Makin. These letters, sent to his mother, father, and brother, were written between 5 October 1915 and 7 November 1916 and cover topics including his voyage to Egypt, life in camp in Cairo, and his time spent in France in 1916....

RCDIG0001425

Letters from James Joseph Makin to his family, 1917

Letters relating to the First World War service of Private James Joseph Makin. These letters, sent to his mother and father, were written between 1 January 1917 and 17 December 1917. They discuss war news, Makin's new position at AIF Headquarters in London, and family matters, including Makin's...

RCDIG0001426

Letters from James Joseph Makin to his family, 1918

Letters relating to the First World War service of Private James Joseph Makin. These letters, sent to his mother and father, were written between 15 January and 11 December 1918. Topics discussed include Makin's work at AIF Headquarters and life in London, and the entry of American troops into the...

RCDIG0001462

Timeline

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