George Henry JARRY

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  • Name George Henry JARRY 
    Relationshipwith Rodney VOJVODICH
    Born 21 Dec 1894  Ravenswood, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service UNKNOWN 
    World War 1 - #605 - Staff Sergant - 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company 
    Died 20 Aug 1987  Rosebud, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Southern Peninsula Hospital
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    Peter Ethyn JARRY,   b. 1830, Rocheford, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1898, Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  (Father) 
    Elizabeth PINCHEN,   b. 1826, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1905, Elmhurst, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  (Grandmother) 
    Person ID I30235  MyBradyTree
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2020 

    Father Peter Ethyn JARRY,   b. 1830, Rocheford, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1898, Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Other Partners: Mary Jane FLYNN  m. 1863  
    Mother Ancestors Elizabeth Ann MCBAIN,   b. 1857, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1930, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1887  Avoca, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 6 children 
    Family ID F9307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Dec 1894 - Ravenswood, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Aug 1987 - Rosebud, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Reference  Darryl Brady. (2020, August 9). George Henry JARRY. Brady Family Tree in Western Australia. Retrieved from


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George Henry JARRY

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Ray Gibb (Rosebud, Australia) says...
- George Henry Jarry D.C.M. -

To most members of the Rosebud R.S.L. the sight of George and his mates cheerily enjoying their round of pots is all too familiar. Although we don’t see so much of George these days he still enjoys his ale but his health and legs do not enable him to get up to the Club as much as he would like.

The story of George Jarry starts at Ravenswood, near Bendigo in 1894; the younger son of Peter and Elizabeth Jarry. George had an older brother Peter and a younger sister Dorothy. Their father being French accounting for the unusual surname.

George went to school in the Wimmera and later did a little mixed farming. George enlisted with the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces on 28th September 1915, and after initial training in Melbourne went to N.S.W. where the 1st Australian Mining Battalion was formed, sailing for France aboard the Ulysses in early 1916.

The Ulysses hit a rock in Fremantle springing a plate and the boys were packed off to Black Boy camp near Midlands for 6 weeks before embarking again on the Ulysses and sailing via Malta and Capetown to Alexandra where they changed ships and on to Marseilles, by train then to Arsbrook.

At Arsbrook the battalion was divided into three tunnelling companies – NWS/Qld Company 1, Vic/SA. Company 2, WA/Tas Company 3. These three companies to be spread across the front line. It was at Newport Baines that George received the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He went alone through a particularly heavy bombardment crossing a canal to a listening post where some of our men were trapped underground only to find that they had been over run and taken prisoner.

CITATION 31 March 1919
605 Sergeant G. Jarry D.C.M.

For Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a time of great enemy activity. His gallant actions and energy have always set a first-rate example to his men under conditions of extreme difficulty. He has not missed a single day’s duty in 22 months of active service.

During a stint of dispatch riding for the British 3rd Army Headquarters, George was blown off his bike injuring his knee and spent 3 months in Devonshire recuperating; then back to France for the big push before finally being discharged in 1919.

It cost George ten bob a year to join the RSL at The Old Green Mill in Melbourne. He then took a soldier settlement farm at Willaura for 3 or 4 years before selling up and coming to Melbourne where he purchased an international truck and carted bricks for approximately 15 years. Moving to Rosebud in 1939 George spent the years of the Second World War cutting and carting wood for those in need and essential services. Later buying a 24 foot fishing boat the “Georgie” (named by a friend after the manageress of the local hotel at the time) George carried passengers on fishing trips up until his retirement in 1963 and it was during this time that he met Ed Natt who was to become the husband of Julie Anthony and when Julie was honoured on This Is Your Life in July 1978 George appeared as a guest.
(Many photos on the website including one of George with Julie Anthony.)

He was one of the original founders of the Rosebud Sub Branch along with Perce Dark, Maynard Crichton, Jack Driscoll, Alec Webster, Arthur Brant, Tom Alderson and others, and the old shed of the foreshore with its dirt floor and wood stoves and cranky tea urn was to pave the way to the establishment we now occupy.

Most Saturdays during the football season will find George’s ear glued to the radio listening to his beloved Carlton team thrashing the other mob.

George marched in Melbourne Anzac Day Parades up until 1974 being the last of his Company to do so, and he still has the colours at his home.

85 years young in December, a proud man, and justly so, for it is men like you George that has made this country grow and be free from oppression.

George Henry Jarry D.C.M. we salute you.
27th April 2014 10:04pm
Ray Gibb (Rosebud, Australia) says...
Sorry, George's brother was Peter and it was under this name that George served in W.W.1.

The website containing George's biography
states that he was born in Ravenswood, which is not far from Kangaroo Flat where the birth was probably registered.

605 – 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company

For reasons unknown, when George Henry Jarry enlisted in the A.I.F. he used his brothers’ name, Peter. When Peter himself enlisted some 8 months later, he used his own name. The WW1 Nominal Rolls record number 605 Peter Jarry, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company and number 27540 Gunner Peter Jarry, 12th Field Artillery Brigade. Both men served out the war as Peter Jarry, and all documentation for both men refer only to ‘Peter Jarry’ except for two small, post-war notations on the younger brothers’ file that he was indeed George Henry Jarry.

This profile is about 605 Staff Sergeant Peter Jarry, but he will be referred to as George throughout.

George Henry Jarry was born at Ravenswood, near Bendigo, Victoria on 21 December 1894 and was schooled in the Wimmera district.

He stated he was 21 years and 10 month of age when he signed the ‘Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad’ on 28 September 1915, using his brother’s name ‘Peter’. He signed the Oath to ‘well and truly serve’ on the same day at Melbourne and underwent a medical examination which found him to be fit for active service. A single Horse Driver by trade, George was 5ft 10¼in tall and weighed 11 stone 12 lbs. He had a fresh complexion with brown eyes and dark hair.

He named his mother, Elizabeth Jarry of Eddington, Victoria as his Next of Kin, stating that his father, who had been born in France, was deceased.

George was camped at 24 Depot Battalion from 28 September to 5 November 1915 when he was appointed to No.2 Company of the newly formed Australian Mining Corps at their Casula Camp near Liverpool, New South Wales, with the rank of Sapper and the Service Number 605.

He trained with the Mining Corps until 20 February 1916 when he embarked with the unit from Sydney on board HMAT A38 Ulysses.

At a civic parade in the Domain, Sydney on Saturday February 19, 1916, a large crowd of relations and friends of the departing Miners lined the four sides of the parade ground. Sixty police and 100 Garrison Military Police were on hand to keep the crowds within bounds. The scene was an inspiriting one. On the extreme right flank, facing the saluting base, were companies of the Rifle Club School; next came a detachment of the 4th King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, then the bands of the Light Horse, Liverpool Depot, and the Miners’ on the left, rank upon rank, the Miners’ Battalion.

Following the farewell parade in the Domain, Sydney, the Australian Mining Corps embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on 20 February 1916 on board HMAT A38 Ulysses.

The Mining Corps comprised 1303 members at the time they embarked with a Headquarters of 40; No.1 Company – 390; No.2 Company – 380; No.3 Company – 392, and 101 members of the 1st Reinforcements.

Ulysses arrived in Melbourne, Victoria on 22 February and the Miners were camped at Broadmeadows while additional stores and equipment were loaded onto Ulysses. Another parade was held at the Broadmeadows camp on March 1, the Miners’ Corps being inspected by the Governor-General, as Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth military forces.

Departing Melbourne on 1 March, Ulysses sailed to Fremantle, Western Australia where a further 53 members of the Corps were embarked. The ship hit a reef when leaving Fremantle harbour, stripping the plates for 40 feet and, although there was a gap in the outside plate, the inner bilge plates were not punctured. The men on board nicknamed her ‘Useless’. The Miners were off-loaded and sent to the Blackboy Hill Camp where further training was conducted. After a delay of about a month due to Ulysses requiring repairs following a collision with an uncharted rock when leaving Fremantle on 8 March, The Mining Corps sailed for the European Theatre on 1 April 1916. The men on board nicknamed her ‘Useless’.

The ship arrived at Suez, Egypt on 22 April, departing for Port Said the next day; then on to Alexandria. The Captain of the ship was reluctant to take Ulysses out of the Suez Canal because he felt the weight of the ship made it impossible to manoeuvre in the situation of a submarine attack. The Mining Corps was transhipped to B1 Ansonia for the final legs to Marseilles, France via Valetta, Malta. Arriving at Marseilles on 5 May, most of the men entrained for Hazebrouck where they arrived to set up their first camp on 8 May 1916.

A ‘Mining Corps’ did not fit in the British Expeditionary Force, and the Corps was disbanded and three Australian Tunnelling Companies were formed. The Technical Staff of the Corps Headquarters, plus some technically qualified men from the individual companies, was formed into
27th April 2014 9:57pm
Ray Gibb (Australia) says...
See the journal by itellya on family tree circles entitled:
by itellya on 2014-04-15 08:06:32. page views: 257, comments: 1

The first comment under the journal has information about George whose war service was rendered under the name of his older brother, Henry,who also later enlisted under his own name. Detail of the website from which this information was obtained is included in the comment.
27th April 2014 9:35pm
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