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George Brown HANNAFORD

Regimental number558
Place of birthMoonta South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
AddressWalhalla, North Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, S Hannaford, Walhalla, North Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD on 26th September, 1917, telephone communication broke down early in the day, and runners had to be used exclusively. Many runners became casualties, so that those remaining had to work very hard. During the whole of 26th and 27th September, Private HANNAFORD carried numerous messages through heavy enemy barrages and machine gun fire, and on two occasions through a gas shell barrage. On 27th September, our own heavy artillery shelled us, and Private HANNAFORD carried a message through our own and the enemy's barrage to have the artilleries shooting rectified.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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