Other names: Wilfred John
Locations in this story: East Knoyle, WiltshireNewtown, Tisbury, WiltshireWest Drayton, MiddlesexMaryborough, Wide Bay, Queensland, AustraliaCurrajong, Herbert, Queensland, AustraliaFrance & Flanders
Story: Wilfred John Genge was born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, in 1894 and baptised at the Parish Church, Tisbury, Wiltshire, on 18 Mar 1894 the son of Phillip Chitty Genge and Elizabeth Genge (nee Wallis). He spent his early life in and around West Tisbury, Wiltshire, attending at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1910. By 1911 he had moved to West Drayton, Middlesex, where he was a Student in Telegraphy. He had enlisted with the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M1/4987). He was at one time attached to the 8th Division of the Australian Group in France and Flanders and also held the temporary rank of Lance Corporal. On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914 Star. By 1923 he had emigrated to Australia and by 1925 was living at Maryborough, Wide Bay, Queensland, working at Meacham's Stores. On 20 May 1933 he married Winifred Alice Meacham and continued to live at Maryborough until 1972 when his address was given as Currajong, Herbert, Queensland. There is no information as to the date of his death.