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George William ORPWOOD

Regimental number763
Place of birthNagambie Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrocers assistant
AddressNagambie, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinRichard Orpwood, Nagambie, Victoria
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be George Witham Orpwood on NR

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1917, near WESTHOEK Sergeant ORPWOOD sustained a painful shell wound in the face but refused to be evacuated. immediately afterwards he voluntarily, went out to repair a broken telephone line. While on this work a heavy enemy artillery fire was opened on the Sector and at great risk to himself he completed the work despite his wounds and re-established communications. Again on 1st October, 1917, he again went out under similar heavy fire and though very badly shaken he completed the work before returning. His courage and devotion to duty was a fine example to the Signal Section he commanded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1970 Richard Aloysius ORPWOOD, 46th Bn, died of wounds, Sailly-sur-Sec, France, 2 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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