George Henry MOODY

Year of Birth:  1889

Place of Birth:  Cairns, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  14 January 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  20 April 1916, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  SS Hawkes Bay

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  47th Australian Infantry Battalion – 2 to 10 Reinforcements (April 1916 – August 1917)

Regimental Number:  1711

Died:  9 June 1917


Private George Henry Moody – photo courtesy RSL Virtual War Memorial


George Henry Moody was born in Cairns on 11 February 1889, the eldest son of George Edwin and Mary Ann Moignard. George Henry’s father George arrived in Townsville in 1880 from Jersey, Channel Islands and landed in Cairns very shortly after Cairns was opened as a port.  He returned to Jersey in 1885 where he married Mary Ann and returned to Cairns, building his first home “Woodbine” where the Council City Library now stands. Three more children followed George Henry, Herbert Edwin 1890, Mabel Augusta 1892 and Arthur Francis 1895.

George Henry’s father, George Edwin Moody was, for a time, partner with Daniel Quigley in running Livery Stables in Lake Street, Cairns.  The stables ran cabs to the wharves daily to collect passengers.  Both Quigley and Moody lost a son in the First World War. Moody Street Cairns named after George’s brother Herbert Edwin Moody, early resident and cane farmer.

At the time of George’s enlistment he was living in Cairns, single, 26 years 10 months, occupation Clerk and his next of kin his father, George Edwin Moody, Cairns.  His height was 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall, weighed 140 pounds, with a dark complexion,  blue eyes and dark brown hair. He was a Methodist.

He was the second of the 3 Moody brothers to enlist.  His younger brother Arthur enlisted on 5 March 1915 and his older brother, Herbert Edwin Moody enlisted on 3 January 1917.  Both returned to Australia.

George embarked Sydney on the SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916.  Occasionally, single voyage charters occurred between the ship companies and the AIF to be employed as troop transports. On 30 August 1916 George qualified at the First Rifle School held at the School of Musketry, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England.  Tidworth became known as “Sniper School”.

George Henry Moody was killed in action, Messines Ridge , 9 June 1917 in Belgium and  is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.

SS Hawkes Bay


NAA: B2455


Australian Red Cross Wounded & Missing


 Australian Red Cross Wounded & Missing


Cairns Post 3 July 1917 p4


Online Resources

Qld Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: SS Hawkes Bay, Honouring Anzacs

NAA: B2455, Moody George Henry, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Cairns Regional Council

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Desert Column – Australian Military History of the early 20th Century.

Photo of George Henry Moody, RSL Virtual War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Cairns Post 3 July 1917 p4


If you have a photograph or further information about this soldier you would like to share and add to his biography, please add a comment or contact the Society


  1. During 2011 I completed a research on George Henry moody. During December while in Europe on a family holiday we visited Menin Gate where I located the memorial inscription to George.
    Using the same account of his death that you have scanned and a reference book titled Anzacs on the western front by p Petersen. I located the position of the 47th on messines ridge on the 9/6/17. Using our gps and the references we found our way to what was a recently harvested wheat field. I placed a cross and gum leaves there and as a family recited Flanders Fields. GH Moody is not a relative but just one soldier I chose at random to research, a means to bring personal meaning to the Western Front. The following year I shared my story with Sharon Molloy on ABC radio. I spoke briefly with one of his relatives prior to the trip. Congratulations on such an amazing website. This is a life long memory I am happy to share. Rod( Gordonvale ) I have a poster of photos

    • Hi Rod, I’ve just read your comment regarding your research on George Henry Moody, he was a great uncle of mine as I’m a grandchild of his only sister Mable Augusta Murphy. I sincerely thank you and your family for your compassionate actions and thoughts when you visited the Menin Gate and Messines Ridge to honour his name.
      If you are in agreement I would like to have contact with you to share information.

      Peter Murphy.

    • Hi Rod,
      I’m sorry but I missed your original message.

      What a wonderful story of your research into George Henry Moody’s military service and your visit to Menin Gate and locating Messines Ridge, Belgium.

      If you do see this reply would you mind contacting me. Thank you for your kind words.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *