Pickering, Lieutenant George

No 3 Sqn AFC

George Pickering was born in Brisbane, and was a 21 year old Customs Clerk when he joined the 3rd Infantry Battalion in Liverpool, NSW, on 3 January 1916; he had previously served in the Senior Cadets, where he was a Lieutenant. He left Sydney on SS Makarini on 1 April 1916. He served in France with his battalion until April 1917, when he transferred to the AFC for flying training, from which he graduated as a pilot in when he was commissioned in January 1918. Promotion to Lieutenant followed in April. He was posted to No 3 Sqn in France, and was mentioned in the Official History for his action on 24 September when, flying with Lt M R Shelley, he marked down all the remaining German canal bridges between Bellicourt and Bellenglise. On 2 November he was posted to the UK for a period of rest and recuperation.

He was admitted to 3rd London General Hospital on 13 November, and died there from pneumonia on 21 November.

Lt G Pickering is buried in Grave 95. 90542 at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park.

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