Private Ganessa Singh
Name: Ganessa (Jimmy) SINGH
Regimental Number: 7351, 10th Btn
Age: 37 years on enlistment
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide, SA
Place of Birth: Punjab, India
Marital Status: Single
Brothers: Mr Myea and Kurtar SINGH,
Raipore, Duba, Tehsell,
Navashaar, Jalundhar, Punjab, India
Also friend: Mr Bhagwan SINGH,
182 Hindley Street,
Adelaide, South Australia
Religion: Sikh also recorded as Sikh (Church of England) and again as Church of England
11th September 1916 - Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Waikerie and to camp Mitcham.
3rd October 1916 - To 10th Infantry Battalion Reinforcements.
4th October 1916 - Sick.
8th March 1917 - To 24th Reinforcements for the 10th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division.
23rd June 1917 - Embarked Adelaide for the United Kingdom via South Africa per Transport ‘Borda’.
25th August 1917 - Disembarked Plymouth and to 3rd Infantry Training Battalion, Durrington.
7th November 1917 - To 2nd Infantry Training Battalion, Sutton Veny.
8th January 1918 - Embarked Southampton for France and to Havre Depot.
23rd January 1918 - To 10th Infantry Battalion and operations France and Flanders against the Germans near Villers Bretonneux and Amiens.
1st March 1918 - Sick with fever 2nd Field Ambulance.
2nd March 1918 - To 1st Casualty Clearing Station.
4th March 1918 - To 2nd Casualty Clearing Station with bronchitis.
5th March 1918 - To 56th General Hospital Boulogne.
12th March 1918 - To United Kingdom per Hospital Ship ‘Ville de Liege’ and to Barnet War Hospital.
16th April 1918 - To 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield.
6th May 1918 - To 2nd Convalescent Depot, Weymouth.
6th June 1918 - Embarked United Kingdom suffering bronchitis per Transport ‘Barambah’.
31st July 1918 - Disembarked Melbourne.
20th September 1918 - Discharged Adelaide Medically Unfit.
Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-1919. Medals now held by Mr Gurmit Singh in Canada who established the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada.
Described as 65.5 inches tall, 144 pounds in weight, chest 35 to 36.5 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.
Died Boolgun, SA 30th September 1942.
Solder was the subject of an SBS program 11th July 2014 by Manpreet K Singh.
Ganessa first appears in the Sands & McDougall Directories in 1910 as a shop assistant at Loxton.
There were 3 shop keepers at Loxton - Messrs Hilbig, Klose and Rhoda Singh.
In 1912 Ganessa is shown as a farmer at Bakara (near Loxton) and in 1914 as a farmer at Dunira (also near Loxton) - as is Rhoda Singh.
We have been lucky enough to be provided the above image from the Mantung Hall Committee. This image shows part of the 'Avenue of Honour' at Mantung which consists of a tree and plaque for servicemen that enlisted from the local district. For those less familiar with the area, Mantung is approximately halfway between Karoonda and Waikerie in South Australia.
Three Sikh Anzacs are remembered here. Private Sarn Singh, Private Ganessa Singh and Private Juwan Singh.
Special thanks to:
- Mantung Hall Committee
- Jamie Evans (Photographer)
- Leanne Parker (Historian & Researcher)
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