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George William TORNEY

Regimental number1742
Place of birthSt Arnaud Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSleeper cutter
AddressRarapooee West via St Arnaud, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Samuel Torney, Avoca, Victoria
Enlistment date28 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. When a portion of the line was held up he dashed forward alone against an enemy machine gun post, threw a bomb amongst the crew, jumped into the post and single handed killed the crew and captured the gun. The attack then proceeded. He behaved magnificently.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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