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George Arnold McKENZIE

Regimental number1707
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
OccupationFarm labourer
Address'Warton', Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinSister, Miss Alice Catherine McKenzie, c/o Mrs R Bowden, Guinea Street, Albury, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal*

*'Work at Herleville on 18 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: "28 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 21 October1918"

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous allantry and devotion to duty during the attack near ESTREES, east of PERONNE, on 4th October, 1918. After the attack the enemy kept the slopes immediately behind our new trenches under constant heavy fire. Many of our wounded were still lying out and were crying for assistance. This stretcher bearer went out in broad daylight and worked without respite carrying stretcher cases to the R.A.P., and brought less severely wounded men into places sheltered from enemy action. Private McKENZIE was undeterred by the fact that other stretcher bearers were being persistently sniped and were becoming casualties. He worked single handed in this area for 12 hours setting a magnificent example of endurance and fine self sacrifice.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE East of AMIENS on the 18th August, 1918, this man accompanied his platoon to the attack as a stretcher bearer. During the whole day he worked without respite carrying wounded over the most exposed positions. From early morning until the relief had arrived at night this man set a splendid example of self sacrifice and tireless devotion to duty. for a considerable portion of the day this stretcher bearer had to go through heavily barraged areas and at all times his work was carried out under heavy sniping fire. He showed an absolute disregard for personal danger and was almost exhausted when relieved after dark.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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