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George Edward PAYNE

Regimental number6072
Place of birthCapel Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCapel, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, George W F Payne, Rose Hill Farm, Capel, Western Australia
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Morcourt on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'Work near Madame Wood, West of Vermandovillers on 23 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 27 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations on the morning of the 8th August 1918, between Morcourt and Mericourt-sur-Somme, this non-commissioned Officer did excellent work and behaved most gallantly. He led his men in the advance and was always to the fore when danger was to be faced. On two occasions when there was a pause in the advance he bandaged up wounded men and carried them to places of safety; despite heavy Machine Gun fire obtaining at the time. Later, when the most forward line had been established he went forward in charge of a patrol; he and his party were outflanked and cut off; he turned and fought the enemy party who were greatly superior in numbers, and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. His gallant conduct on this occasion was in keeping with his very fine behaviour throughout the whole operations, and he is strongly recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'This Non-commission officer is brought to notice for his great gallantry during operations in front of Madame Wood, West of Vermandovillers on the morning of the 23rd August, 1918. At one point the company to which he belonged was held up by the fire from an enemy machine gun. Taking a few men with him, he bombed his way along a shallow trench to a place from which it was possible to fire rifle grenades on the enemy post. After firing some grenades he rushed the post, killed some of the garrison and captured the remainder (12) also the machine gun. For his great gallantry on this occasion, and for his fine initiative in dealing with a very difficult situation he is strongly recommended for distinction.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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