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George Hubert FRANCIS

Regimental number662
Date of birth10 April 1892
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolShore School, Sydney, and Hawkesbury Agricultural College (graduated in 1910)
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
AddressNeutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Henry Frank Francis, 'Wirain', Shelleri Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date25 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 13 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: Mounted Divisions Machine Gun Corps 4th Squadron
Promotion date: 19 September 1917


Unit: Mounted Divisions Machine Corps 4th Squadron
Promotion date: 19 December 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 1-4 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in command of two guns during an enemy attack. He covered the retirement of the brigade until the enemy were within 200 yards. Two days later, he set a fine example to all ranks under heavy fire by his courage and ability in locating , engaging, and destroying enemy machine guns and troops.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Middle East

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

After his return from active service worked as a Station Overseer and then bought his own property, 'Tara' near Wellington, New South Wales in 1922 where he lived until his death
Date of death21 August 1965
Age at death73
Place of burialCremated in Orange, New South Wales

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