George Alva DeFontenay

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DeFontenay, Private George Alva no. 1179

37th Battalion.


Born Norwood South Australia, son of Adrian and Elizabeth DeFontenay.

Enlisted at Wangaratta 9/3/1916.

Next of kin, Alice Mountford.

Casualty list SMH 23/11/1918 Gassed. (Among the names of those who enlisted in other states).

Returned to Australia 1/7/1919.

[Four DeFontenay brothers enlisted: George Alva (Wangaratta), George Sidney Harold John (Liverpool), Leslie Adrian (Melbourne), Louis Adrian (Oaklands, SA)

Australian War Memorial record available at: [accessed 13/01/2017].

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002