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Lewis McGEE

Regimental number456
Place of birthRoss, Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationEngine driver
AddressAvoca, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8.5"
Weight189 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eileen Rose McGee, Avoca, Tasmania
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name40th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross


Killed in Action 13 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 21 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XX, Row D, Grave No. 1), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
132
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery when, in the advance to the final objective, Sergeant McGee led his platoon with great dash and bravery, though strongly opposed, and under heavy shell fire. His platoon was sufferring severely, and the advance of the company was stopped by machine gun fire from a "pill box" post. Single handed, Sergeant McGee rushed the post armed only with a revolver. He shot some of the crew, and captured the rest, and thus enabled the advance to poceed. He reorganized the remanants of his platoon and was foremost in the remainder of the advance; and during consolidation of the position, he did splendid work. The non-commissioned officer's coolness and bravery were conspicuous, and contributed largely to the success of the company's operations Sergeant McGee was subsequently killed in action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Hobart, 1 July 1916; disembarked, Devonport, England, 22 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 4 December 1916; promoted Sergeant, 12 January 1917.

Attached to 3rd Division School, 25 February 1917; rejoined unit from attachment, 29 April 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal