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George Black OLIVER

Regimental number3223
Place of birthNewcastle England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrocer
AddressHarris Street, Cessnock, West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, G B Oliver, Harris Street, Cessnock, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 14th October, 1917, near ZONNEBEKE, the Battery being in a new position, registration was being carried out. This N.C.O., when telephone lines failed owing to heavy shell fire, showed great determination in opening visual communication between the Observing Station and the Battery and coolness in maintaining it in spite of heavy shell fire. His action enabled the Battery to be registered and thus be ready for service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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