George Gerald Mildare
Serial No. 4832
George Gerald Mildare - Information
In 1916, George was living on a property called Albania in Campbelltown. Born in Boston in the United States c1894, he resided in London, England before coming to Australia. On the 29th of November 1916, George travelled to Lismore to enlist in the AIF, at the age of 22. He trained with the 11th Depot Battalion, and was posted as a Private to the 13th Reinforcements, 31st Battalion. On the 7th of February 1917, George departed Sydney Harbour on the HMAT Wiltshire.
Disembarking in Devonport, England in mid April, he was taken to the 8th Training Battalion in Hurdcott. He then proceeded to the Western Front in October, joining the 31st Battalion in the lines. In December, he underwent a language course in Elementary German until January 1918, and later went to a German Speaking School in June. George’s skill would have been most useful in communicating with and interrogating German prisoners. On the 16th of October 1918, he was appointed Lance Corporal and was granted leave a week later. His leave was cancelled when the war ended on the 11th of November. In January 1919, he was detached for duty with the 8th Infantry Brigade and was sent back to Australia in July.