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George William SEXTON

Regimental number3404
Place of birthAddelstone England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrician
AddressEast Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, W Sexton, Toronto, Shaftsbury Avenue, East Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 June 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack east of YPRES on 20th September 1917, Pte. SEXTON as a Company Signaller, was detailed by the Company Commander to remain with him. He was eager to get ahead and when the Blue Line was captured he immediately endeavoured to get into touch with the flank companies. When the wire came down a little later he and another signaller did duty in turns right through. Wherever the wire was broken he would report the fact and move off to re-establish communication, regardless of the enemy's barrage. Later, when the wire became useless, he carried messages back to the Battalion Headquarters. On one occasion he was given a message to take back, and at the same time was given instructions to remain at Headquarters as his feet were in a bad condition and very painful. When he arrived he was told that his Company was in touch by wire but five minutes later the wire was again broken by the heavy barrage of the enemy. Despite his instructions he immediately set out to repair the break, and after completion reported to his Company Commander for further duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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