5012 Pte. George Edsall was born at Cobden in 1882 to Charles James Edsall and Janet Gemmell.He was a farmer on Phillip Island with his father when he enlisted on 1st March 1916 at Melbourne with the 13/21st Battalion. The unit embarked from Melbourne on3rd July 1916 on HMAT Ayrshire and disembarked at Plymouth on 2nd September. He was taken on strength with the 6th Training Battalion on 3rd September.
George proceeded overseas to France from Folkstone on 12th November 1916 and was taken on strength of the 21st Battalion on 22nd November at Dernancourt. During an attack on Noreuil on 20th March 1917 he was wounded in action with a severe gun shot wound to the right arm and was admitted to the Kitchener Military Hospital Brighton, on 24th March. On 14th May he was transferred from Middlesex War Hospital, London to the 3rdAuxilliary Hospital, Dartford. He was discharged from the 3rdAuxilliary Hospital to furlough and repatriation at Wareham on 19th June.
He proceeded overseas to France on 24th July 1918 and rejoined the Battalion on 29th July.
George was wounded in action on 8th August 1918, the first day of the Battle of Amiens, the start of the Hundred Days Offensive. He was hit by a shell during the attack at Villers Brettonneux with both bones broken in the left leg. He was admitted to the General Military Hospital, Edmontonon 22nd August. He transferred to the 3rdAuxilliary Hospital Dartford on 2nd April and was discharged on 6th May 1919. He embarked for Australia the same day on HT Karoola.
He returned to farming on the island until the early twenties when he moved to Drysdale then Longwarry. He married Florence Louisa Johnson in 1940 and moved to Brighton where he was a timber worker.
George died on 22nd September 1958 at Heidelberg. He was cremated at The Necropolis, Springvale.