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George Samuel SHELL

Regimental number4883
Place of birthMeredith Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
AddressCavehill Road, Lillydale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Mr A Shell, Cavehill Road, Lilydale, Victoria
Enlistment date13 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For very valuable work and devotion to duty during the attack north of ROSIERES on 9th August 1918. In the advance with tanks, all the tanks on our sector had been knocked out in the heavy barrage. A battery of field guns in our immediate front were causing us severe casualties when Private SHELL noticed a tank moving on our right. At great personal risk he crossed the whole front and intercepted the tank and directed it to engage the enemy guns. he continued to pilot the tank, picking out targets and pockets of Huns that were greatly impeding our advance. His initiative and total disregard of danger, when near the tank which was subject to severe shelling and sniping was of such a high standard as to inspire all around him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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