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George Walter FRENCH

Regimental number101
Place of birthMaffra Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationAgricultural Department employee
AddressMaffra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, James French, Shire Secretary, Maffra Victoria
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: 4 May 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: "1-4 May 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 7 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in defence of a hill. Acting as troop leader on the exposed corner of the hill, he twice led bayonet charges to clear away enemy bombers who had reached to within 20 yards of his position. Although one third of his troop of sixteen became casualties, he hung on to his exposed position and set a splendid example of coolness and determination to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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