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George Albert Price

Rank:
Corporal

Serial No:
Serial No. 3131

Regiment:
6th Light Horse Regiment

Suburb:
Menangle


George Albert Price - Information

When the war began, George was living with his family in the Camden Park Estate in Menangle. He was born in Kent, England, and later migrated to the colonies with his family. George found work as a farrier to help support the family. He then decided to help the mother country, sending in an application form to Town Hall in December 1915. It was accepted, and he signed on at the Royal Australian Showground on the 17th of February 1916, aged 26. During training, he was assigned to the 12th Reinforcements, 6th Light Horse Regiment as a Trooper. When George came back to Camden on leave, he attended a farewell shindig at Foresters’ Hall. Speeches and presentations dominated the evening, as he and other recruits were given a wrist watch in appreciation of service to their country. George was then sent abroad upon the HMAT Boorara, which departed Melbourne on the 10th of May 1917.

George disembarked in Suez, Egypt in June 1917. The following month, he was taken to an Isolation Camp in Moascar, and promoted to Acting Sergeant on the 21st of August. In early September, he became a member of the Australian Band. On the 1st of October, George was appointed as ER Corporal/Acting Sergeant, and became Band Master, attached to the 2nd Light Horse Brigade Headquarters. In July 1918, George was in Jerusalem and started to feel quite unwell. He was suffering with terrible headaches and twitching of his fingers and hands. He then started having epileptic fits. In September, he was admitted to the 31st General Hospital. By the 14th of November, he was dangerously ill, discovering that he had a glioblastoma tumour in his left cerebrum. On the 18th of that month, he was operated on. At the end of December, he was moved to the 14th Australian General Hospital, and was out of danger by January 1919. Despite the tumour being removed, he continued to have motor fits, and was diagnosed with Jacksonian epilepsy. By March 1919, George was again very ill. He was quickly invalided home on the 10th of April onboard the Wandilla. When he reached Sydney, George was admitted to the 4th Australian General Hospital in Randwick, where he passed away on the 9th of June 1919. The Price family were lucky to be able to see George and say goodbye. The family buried him at Rookwood Necropolis Cemetery, Rookwood in Sydney.

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