Private Gurbachan Singh

Name: Gurbachan (George) SINGH 

Rank: Private

Regimental Number: 1414 (3rd Btn) and 2714 (56th Btn)

Age: 40 years on first enlistment then 43 and 6 months second enlistment

Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW

Place of Birth: Jullundurr, Punjab, India

Occupation: Hawker

Marital Status: Single


Brother: Mr Sunt SINGH, Jundiale Post Office, Phugnara, Julludhur, India, 

Later brother: Indara SINGH, Julludhur, Punjab, India

Religion: Hindoo and on second enlistment stated Church of England

Previous Service: Tirah & Chitral Campaign, Boer War

Service Outline:

  • Served South Africa including the Siege of Ladysmith and with the 2nd Gordon Highlanders and Tirah Expedition with an Indian Field Ambulance (Not located medal rolls).

  • 3rd October 1940 - Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Kensington and to camp Rosehill.

  • 20th October 1914 - Embarked Sydney for the Middle East with G Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion per Transport ‘Euripides’.

  • 21st October 1914 - Left Melbourne.

  • 29th October 1914 - Discharged Albany as ‘not of substantial European origin’ and stated he would live with Sundar Singh in Cranbrook, Western Australia.

  • 4th April 1916 - Re-enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Cootamundra.

  • 4th July 1916 - To camp Goulburn.

  • 4th September 1916 - To 56th Infantry Battalion.

  • 7th October 1916 - Embarked Sydney for the United Kingdom via South Africa with 6th Reinforcements Group for the 56th Infantry Battalion per Transport ‘Ceramic’.

  • 21st November 1916 - Disembarked Plymouth and to 14th Infantry Training Battalion, Hurdcott.

  • 12th January 1917 - Admonished for being improperly dressed.

  • 28th April 1917 - Embarked Southampton for France and to Havre Depot.

  • 21st July 1917 - To 54th Infantry Battalion and operations France and Flanders against the Germans near Ypres.

  • 31st August 1917 - To 14th Field Ambulance with debility.

  • 2nd September 1917 - To Australian Division Base Depot, Havre.

  • 8th September 1917 - Medically Unfit.

  • 15th November 1917 - To 2nd Convalescent Depot, Weymouth.

  • 21st December 1917 - Embarked Devonport being over age (59 years) per Transport ‘Persic’.

  • 12th February 1918 - Disembarked Melbourne.

  • 4th June 1918 - Discharged.



Other Information:

  • Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-1919.

  • Described as 65.5 inches tall, 126 pounds in weight, chest 32 to 35.5 inches, dark complexion, hazel eyes and grey hair.

  • Soldier spoke Persian and three Indian languages.

  • Soldier said he would go back to India to rejoin the Indian Army.

  • Described as being only fit enough ‘to run an ice-cream shop’, probably due his state of debility.

  • Noted in Police Gazette as having been assaulted by Nedan Singh at Cootamundra in April 1912.

  • Soldier said he had two nephews fighting in the Dardanelles and a brother in France.

  • Noted District Order 104(1): ‘Only British subjects substantially of European origin or descent are to be accepted for service in the Expeditionary Force’.

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