Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

George William WARE


Born: 1872

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 20586

Birthplace: Epping, Victoria

Parents: Robert Ernest Ware d. 1886
Mary Anne Brett d. 1934

Died: 6 August, 1947

Place of death: Preston, Victoria; Registration No. 8187

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20


24th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement,



Regimental Service Number: 5683

Enlistment date: 8 January, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 44 years

Address at enlistment: Melton, Victoria

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Widower

Next of kin: Daughter: Bessie Emily Ware, Ryanstown via Dalyston, Victoria

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 154 pounds
Complexion: Medium
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Scanty, brown and grey
Distinctive marks: mole on right shoulder, scar on front of chest

Embarkation ship: HMAT A9 Shropshire.

Rank: Driver

Return Date: 6 April, 1917

Return Vessel: Thermistocles.

Arrival at Australia: 4 May, 1917.

Discharge Date: 17 August, 1917

War Service Summary

09/02/1916 - At Royal Park
25/09/1916 - Embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT A9 Shropshire
11/11/16 - Disembarked Plymouth; Served in UK
06/04/17 - Invalided for discharge when at Weymouth, for Lumbago and overage.

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
1897 - Married Helena Maud Emma Williams (d. 1905) Reg. # 4344

Bessie Emily Ware 1899-2000

C.1936 - Charlotte Elizabeth Walls became his partner

Place/s of residence:
North Melbourne
1942 - 4 Penola St., Preston; with Charlotte

1942 - Retired

Additional Information

Australian Birth Index indicated George is born in 1868 and is therefore 48 years old at time of enlistment

Melton Express
Saturday 27 May 1916 , P 2

A large assemblage took place on Saturday night last, when our volunteers were on a visit home, although the notice was very short. Watches were presented to Privates Harold Black, Edward Carew, Ernest Minns, Percy Stubbs, William Stone (who has been to the Front, and returned ill) Henry Sawyer, George Ware, Private John Farrell (who already had a wristlet watch) was presented with an auto-strop razor and a pipe. Musical items were rendered by Mrs. J. H. Allen, Misses D. Farrell, and A. Riddell, Messrs. H. Cunningham, G. Jongebloed and Murison. Miss Ross (a visitor front Melbourne) supplied the dance music. The Committee intend presenting a wristlet watch (or its equivalent) to every volunteer from the Shire, including those who have gone away. The latter will be handed over to the relatives.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
Saturday 18 August 1917, P 2
Melton Express
Saturday 18 August 1917, P 2

The meeting to form a committee to entertain local soldiers returning from Active Service, was held on Monday evening, and there was an unusually large attendance of both ladies and gentlemen Cr. J. F. Minns in the chair. The following committee was appointed :-Rev. F. Stanley Love (President), Mr. Jas. H. Cunningham (Hon. Sec.), Messrs. Wraith, Robinson, J. F. Minns;, Whittington and G. McDonald. It was decided to hold a social on Friday 31st inst., to entertain the, present returned soldiers – Privates J. Minns, R. McPherson, G. Ware, Keating, P. Nolan, M. A. Nolan, Lachmund and Jurd. …

The Argus Melbourne
7 August 1947, p. 9

WARE.-On August 6, at his residence, 4 Penola street, Preston. George William, 24th Battalion, 1st A.I.F., dearly beloved husband of Charlotte Elizabeth, and loving father of Emmie (deceased), Bessie (Mrs. McLeod) and George (deceased): loved granddad of Jean and Jack, aged 79 years.
Lest we forget.

WARE.-On August 6. George, loving father of Bessie (Mrs. McLeod). father-in-law of

WARE.-On August 6, at his residence. George, loving grandfather of Jean and Eric, great-grandfather of Baby John.


Australian War Memorial
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