488 Private G PARNABY. 24th BN Australian INF. 15 September 1915George PARNABY was born in Minyip, Vic in c1896. His enlistment form gives us a description of this young man; Age 19yrs, Height 5'10", Weight 130 pounds, Complexion Fair, Eyes Blue, Hair Brown, Religion Church of England, Occupation Farm Labourer. His Next of Kin is his Grandmother, Mrs Sarah Annie JOHNSON, parents deceased. He has a brother Herbert and a sister Nellie.
George enlisted 7th March 1915 at Sea Lake, Vic. His Casualty Form - Active Service has three stark entries;
30.8.15 Proceeded to join M.E.F.26.9.15 KILLED IN ACTION.
20.10.15 Buried in Brown's Dip by Chap, A P Bladen. Plot 1, Row 2, Grave 4.
George’s family details were a bit easier to find. TROVE gave me some clues, with a notice in the Sea Lake Times and Berriwillock Advertiser on Saturday October 9 1915. The article mentions that he enlisted on his 18th birthday and that his mother died when he was two years old and that he was shot in the head. Another article, in the same paper, mentions a special service being arranged for him. It make for interesting for interesting reading as it lists who is doing the readings and prayers and what hymns will be sung. The final article was on Thursday 13 September 1917, an In Memoriam notice, inserted by his brother and sister.
Saturday October 9 1915Thursday 13th September 1917.
Bye for now,