Biography

Birth date: 1890
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Kew
Final rank: Lance Corporal
Service number: 111 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

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

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mentions

  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mentions

  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Private Record

Booley, George (b.1890 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War of 111 Lance Corporal George Booley, 5 Battalion. Collection consists of three diaries written by Booley, describing his service experiences during 1914-1918, including training and leave in Egypt, the Gallipoli campaign and Western Front. Other items in... Maker: Booley, George

PR01322 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary of George Booley, 5th Battalion, AIF, 1914

Diary of 111 Private George Booley, 5th Infantry Battalion, beginning in 1914 and ending at an unknown date. The diary is written in narrative style and has no dated entries, but includes mention of the Sydney/Emden encounter, as well as the voyage to and training in Egypt.

RCDIG0000148

Diary of George Booley, 5th Battalion, AIF, 1917

Diary of 111 Lance Corporal George Booley, 5th Infantry Battalion. This diary is for the year 1917, and covers time spent in France.

RCDIG0000149

Diary of George Booley, 5th Battalion, AIF, 1918

Diary of 111 Lance Corporal George Booley, 5th Infantry Battalion. This diary is for the year 1918, and covers time spent in France and Belgium, and return voyage to Australia.

RCDIG0000150

Notebook of George Booley, 5th Battalion, AIF

Notebook relating to service of 111 Lance Corporal George Booley, 5th Infantry Battalion. This book contains names and addresses, and brief notes.

RCDIG0000151

Miscellaneous records relating to First World War service of George Booley

Miscellaneous records relating to First World War service of 111 Lance Corporal George Booley, 5th Infantry Battalion. File contains: Miniature calendar, 1917; Plastic heart with message 'Good luck'; Printed envelope addressed to Pte G L Hicks; Photograph of soldier on horse; Annotated postcard...

RCDIG0000152

Photograph

E01815

Locre, Belgium. 21 February 1918. Group portrait of the NCOs of the 5th Battalion. Left to right, back row: Corporal J. C. Skinner (standing slightly forward); Cpl B. Frank; Cpl M. D. Philliponi; Cpl C. Chapman; Cpl G. Booley; Cpl A. C. Scott; Cpl Finlay; Cpl L. A. Hill; Cpl G. Muir; unidentified;...

E01815

Timeline

Date of birth 1890
Date of embarkation 1914-10-21
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-08-02