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George HARRIS

Regimental number507
Place of birthEdinburgh Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o H I V, Ararat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Haris, 8 Cumberlin Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name8th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Awarded)


Conspicuous skill and initiative while in temporary command of Company, showing great personal courage. (Polygon Wood 20 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 March 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his company commander was killed on the way to the assembly position, he led his men through a heavy enemy barrage and got them all into position. During the attack, though wounded, he showed great determination and courage, and contributed largely to the success gained by the company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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