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George William BANFIELD

Regimental number1910
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinAunt, Mrs Fitzgerald, 28 Gould Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Rollnig
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When, during our advance, his section was held up by the fire of a machine gun, he charged the gun position single handed, killing the detachment and capturing the gun. By the fearless promptitude of his action he saved the lives of his men who were advancing on the position, and his example of courage and devotion made a deep impression on all around him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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