Friday, 14 September 2018

G E Jacques 2188

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George Ernest JACQUES

Service number: 2188.  Age: 25 years 7 months.  Enlisted: 20 Mar 1916.
Occupation: Machinist.  Next of kin: (mother) Mrs Catherine Jacques.
Address on enlistment: Albion.

Studio portrait of members of 49 Battalion. 
George Ernest Jacques is front centre. [1]

Service Summary:

20 Mar 1916: 4 reinforcement 49 Battalion.

16 Aug 1916: Embarked from Brisbane on HMAT A42 Boorara.

7 Mar 1917: Wounded in action. Chest, arm and right leg.

26 Sep 1917: Wounded in action. Right leg.

“Early in 1917, the battalion participated in the advance that followed the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, supporting the 13th Brigade's attack at Noreuil on 2 April. Later in the year, the focus of the AIF's operations moved to the Ypres sector in Belgium. There the battalion fought in the battle of Messines on 9 June and the battle of Polygon Wood on 26 September. Another winter of trench routine followed.” [1]

27 Apr 1918: Returned to Australia from Suez on Karoola.

19 Nov 1918: Discharged.

Life Summary:

George Ernest Jacques (1890-1962) was the youngest son of George Gilbert Jacques (1852-1925) and Catherine McWilliams (1859-1924) and was born 26 Jul 1890 at Campbellville, Coochin Sawmill. The Jacques family lived at Campbellville during the 1890s where George senior was a sawyer for James Campbell & Sons. By 1912 the family were living at Albion where George Jacques senior and junior were working at the Campbell’s sawmill. George Jacques senior was the caretaker for Brisbane Tug & Steamship Company and postmaster on Bribie Island from 1913-1914.

After his service, George Ernest Jacques lived in Brisbane where he continued his working life as a labourer until his retirement to Margate in 1955. George Jacques, aged 71, died 7 Jul 1962 and has a memorial plaque at the Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens in Brisbane.

[1] Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial P12347.02

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