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George SMAILES

Regimental number19565
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationIronmonger
AddressFederal Coffee Palace, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Smailes, 60 Butler Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, London, England
Enlistment date28 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Head-Quarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the recent operations, on 21st and 22nd August, 1918, this N.C.O., on several occasions, went out to repair lines under heavy hostile shell fire, and at great personal risk, and on the night 25th/26th August, 1918, when all lines had been cut by shell fire, he manned a visual station to Batteries, although this station was being subjected to heavy shell fire. Through his coolness and initiative, communications were maintained with Batteries at a time when particularly needed, thus enabling the fire of the Brigade to be effectively controlled, and brought to bear on important targets. Throughout the whole of these operations, he showed great devotion to duty and set a fine example to all.'
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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