George Cann

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Cann, Sergeant George no.3776.

30th Battalion (M.L.A. for Canterbury)

Enlisted 14/3/1916.

SMH 22/5/1916 p.8 Article.

SMH 19/6/1916 Article (already promoted to Lance-Sergeant).

SMH 28/6/1916 Farewell at Linga-Longa.

DT 26/3/1917 Portrait Members of the new parliament (Sergeant G. Cann PL.L.).

DT 19/6/1917 Sergeant George Cann MLA The Fight for Democracy.

At the Kia Ora Hall, Campsie, on Saturday evening, Lance-Sergeant George Cann, M.L.A., way entertained by the members of the Campsie branch of the Political Labor League, and by the local citizens. There were over 200 persons present, and Mr Broadhurst, president of the branch, occupied the chair. Mr Broadhurst, in asking Mr Holman (Premier) to make the presentation, said that Mr Cann had donned the khaki to fight the cause of humanity and help to secure the peace of the world. Mr Holman (Premier), in presenting Sergeant Cann with a silver wristlet watch, said no one could forecast when the war would cease. Sergeant Cann had fought the fight of democracy for humanity and was now going to fight in a more deadly war for the democracy of the world He would shortly be with the massed armies to put down those by the sword who have lived by the sword. In Australia there was no talk of not fighting to the bitter end. Every one must admire Sergeant Cann’s sturdy action, as he was a man who was now well up to the military age, and could well have stayed at home. Mr J.H. Cann (Minister for Public Works) said his brother was going forward into a new arena, and he had no doubt but that he would acquit himself well. There were six other relatives of his in the war, one in the navy, and five at the front. He had recently received a letter from one of them, who wrote:- ‘Every time we pass the Australian camp we look at their soldiers with pride and gratitude, and if more were sent the war would soon be over". He reiterated his promise to look after the Canterbury constituency during his brother’s absence, and stated that Canterbury would not suffer because their member had gone to the front. Sergeant Cann said he had been eight weeks a private, doing all kinds of work as other privates do, and afterwards attended the non- commissioned officers’ school and had succeeded, after by no means easy work, in being raised to the rank of lance-sergeant. Taking the soldiers he had come into contact with by and large, he had never found a better lot of men, if they were handled properly. During the evening McLeod’s orchestra played several selections, and a musical programme was contributed.

Returned to Australia 19/10/1917.

Australian War Memorial record available at: [accessed 26/08/2016].

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