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George Ewart PEARMAN

Regimental number1697
Place of birthMilton New South Wales
AddressGrenmount, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarh Jane Pearman, Greenmount, Queensland
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Showed great initiative and devotion to duty during the attack on the Grid and Maze.'
Recommendation date: "11 November 1916

Military Medal

' Work near Mont St.Quentin on 2 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack east of MONT. ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE, on September 2nd 1918, this N.C.O. was in charge of two sections attacking along KOROS ALLEY. When confronted by an enemy post with two machine guns, he led one section over the top and worked behind the guns. His party had several casualties, but this N.C.O. went forward with the remaining men, capturing the machine guns, and killing the crews. Later, when his Platoon Commander was wounded, he took charge, and at the head of the platoon, fought his way to the objective. While consolidating, he was badly wounded. He set a brave example to his men throughout.' [Earlier recommendation, 1916, reads: 'During the attack on the GIRD and the MAZE on 5th November, 1916, showed great pluck, initiative and devotion to duty. He continued to serve his two Lewis guns when only 3 men out of 12 were left. He showed initiative and appreciation of the position in that he was largely instrumental in holding an advanced captured trench against several attempts of the enemy to retake it.']
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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