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George L PEEL

Regimental number913
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
OccupationFarm hand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, C H Peel, 'Tower Hill', Inverleigh, Victoria
Enlistment date9 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354 (5 November 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 1

FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given names are Leo Lawrie

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 11th August, 1915, along the Aghyl Dere (Dardanelles), when with another man, he collected and took to a place of safety a number of mules which had broken loose as the result of shrapnel fire (their native attendants having left), and which were causing congestion and confusion in the traffic. His prompt and brave action undoubtedly saved the lives of many men who were in the immediate vicinity. The collection of terrified mules under a hot fire was both difficult and dangerous, and had they been allowed to stampede they must have galloped over and impeded troops whose advance was urgently needed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Middle East

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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