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George Percival RAYNER

Regimental number990
Date of birth--/02/1894
Place of birthStrathfield New South Wales
OccupationTheological student
Address15 Partridge Street, Glenelg, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Grace Rayner, same address
Enlistment date25 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name43rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF43
Promotion date: 18 August 1917


Unit: INF43
Promotion date: 24 November 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Divisional Orders

Recommendation date: 3 August 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When detailed to retake a post which had been captured by the enemy, it was found that an enemy machine gun rendered a direct advance impossible. He thereupon carried out a successful counter attack, and, with the assistance of another platoon leader, retook the post. By his coolness and good handling of the situation he inspired his men to persevere with an undertaking which at one moment looked almost impossible. The success of the operation was due to his initiative and presence of mind.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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