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George Stanley McDOWELL

Regimental number1052
Date of birth27 August 1895
Place of birthPenrith, New South Wales
SchoolSeveral schools, including Woonona Public School, New South Wales
Addressc/o Louis McDowell, Dorrigo Farm, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinLouis McDowell, Dorrigo Farm, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 10 February 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 March 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his men in the attack with great gallantry and established a bombing post in the enemy's trench, thereby securing the left flank at a critical time. He has at all times set a splendid example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Discharge date6 November 1918
Family/military connectionsFuture wife's brothers: 2192 Sergeant Harold RICHARDSON, 54th Bn, killed in action, 19-20 July 1916; 2711 Corporal Alexander Melvin RICHARDSON, 45th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 July 1919.
Other details

War service: wounded in action, Gallipoli, 20 May 1915. Evacuated from Gallipoli, 10 June 1915 (influenza); admitted to No. 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 15 June 1915. Appointed Corporal, 22 August 1915. Admitted to hospital, Mudros, 29 October 1915 (jaundice); rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 2 December 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 4 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 8 June 1916. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, 6 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 13 August 1916 (shell wound, right leg). Admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 14 August 1916. Transferred to England, 15 August 1916; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 15 August 1916. Discharged from hospital, 16 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 16 October 1916; rejoined unit in the field, 19 October 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 14 December 1916. Awarded the Military Cross, 30 March 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 July 1917; transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Abbeyville, 19 July 1917; rejoined unit, Belgium, 13 August 1917. Appointed Assistant Adjutant, 4 October 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, France, 30 December 1917 (accidental injury: synovitis, severe, right knee); transferred to England, 2 January 1918; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 3 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Kenilworth Castle', 12 March 1918; transshipped to 'Field Marshall' at Durban, South Africa; departed Durban, 23 April 1918; disembarked Sydney, 23 May 1918; discharged, 6 November 1918 (medical unfitness).

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death24 June 1972
Age at death76
Place of burialCremated: Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales

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