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George Edward WELLS

Regimental number3550
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
SchoolPublic School
Age on arrival in Australia25
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinSister, Mrs A Jamieson, Wilson Road, Marksworth, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 November 1916
Place of death or woundingBapaume, Somme Sector, France
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records47
Place of burialGrevillers Brtish Cemetery (Special Memorial A1), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
28
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Ellen COSGRAVE. Served as WELLS, George Edward
Medals

Military Medal

'Near SAILLY, on the night 29th/30th June, 1916, he saw that the tape was properly laid and arranged for a raiding party. He then escorted prisoners through the wire and afterwards, although thoroughly exhausted, remained behind and assisted to bring in the body of Sergeant Downer and Lieutenant Prior (wounded), on these occasions being under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176
Date: 30 November 1916

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