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George Henry WHITE

Regimental number4794
Place of birthAlpha Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressRailway Hotel, Emerald, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah White, Tuson Street, Hillside Estate, Rockhampton, Queensland
Enlistment date15 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 12 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the attack east of Mont St. Quentin, on 2 September 1918, as No. 1 of a Lewis gun. When his company were advancing across a flat swept by machine gun fire, he located the gun causing the damage, and, pushing to within 60 yards of the post, shot the crew. Although in an exposed position, he then turned his gun on to the left flank, and, dislodging the enemy, exposed them to the fire of the advancing infantry. His expert and cool handling of the gun was largely responsible for the ultimate occupation of the objective.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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