George Frederick Eley

George Frederick Eley

George Frederick EleyGeorge enlisted at the same time as his uncle Fred, in September 1915. He was 23 years old and working as a clerk. His family lived in Fernleigh in Church Street, Ross.

George was a Gunner with the 17th Battery Field Artillery. He arrived in France in March 1916 and just over seven months later, was killed in action in the Somme Valley.

His father Enoch singed for his effects in July  1917: a tarboosh, 2 brushes, a prayer book, handkerchief and 2 knee protectors.

In September 1916, George made provision for a regular payment from his wages to Miss A Higgins of Hobart. In 1921, he applied to receive photographs of his grave i the cemetery at Gueudecourt.

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.