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George Samuel STURGESS

Regimental number343
Place of birthKettering England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBurton Latimer, Northamptonshire, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinW Sturgess, Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, England
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Samuel George
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on VAUVILLERS on 9th August 1918 the Company to which Private STURGESS belongs was subject to a very heavy Machine Gun barrage at close range. His Platoon Sergeant in endeavouring to locate the position of the enemy worked his way to a position well in advance of the remainder of his Company. Whilst there he was badly wounded and Private STURGESS with utter disregard of the danger rushed out and succeeded in dressing the Sergeant's wounds, and by great courage and skill returned with him to the trenches in rear, thus probably saving the N.C.O.'s life. His courage and skill while working alone under the heavy fire was the admiration of all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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