George Roberts was working as a telegraphist in June 1915, when he enlisted in the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade at the age of 18. His father, Elijah, was a blacksmith and wheelwright, and lived in Church Street, Ross.
George arrived at Gallipoli in November 1915 then, after the forces were evacuated, became dangerously ill in Cairo with enteric fever. After duties in England, he arrived in France in January 1917, seeing service with the 111th Howitzer Battery. In 1918, he was promoted from Gunner to Corporal, and then to Sergeant. He returned to Australia in 1919.
George worked for the Tasmanian Tourist Bureau, first in Hobart and later in their Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne offices.
He married Charlotte Bessel in 1922 and they had one son. George died in Victoria in 1975.
George’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.