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George Cameron LOWES

Regimental number1559
Place of birthN/A New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCorona, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinH Lowes, Corona, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery at Lagnicourt in charge of a platoon clearing up in all Sunken Roads against heavy odds and under fire.'
Recommendation date: March 1917

Bar to MM

'Work near Villers-Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 16 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on LAGNICOURT on the morning 26th March 1917 this N.C.O. was in charge of a Platoon in the second wave. He did splendid work in clearing up in all Sunken Roads. he fought against great odds, as many as ten to one, and on each occasion finished off the enemy before going on. When the final objective was reached he tried to get in touch with people on our right and was shot in the foot. He remained on duty consolidating the position until he was eventually ordered to go back.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During the advance East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, on the 8th August 1918 this N.C.O.'s Platoon Commander became a casualty. He took charge of the platoon and showed great skill and leadership throughout the attack. He led his men and kept them together, although the fog and smoke made this very difficult. After casualties had been inflicted on our men by a nest of enemy machine guns, this N.C.O. organised a party and enveloped the post, killing or capturing the whole garrison. He collected his platoon again and moved well up under the barrage, grasping each situation quickly, and assisting the Canadian troops materially by mopping up posts on the South side of the railway. He showed great initiative throughout, and set a fine example of courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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