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George Henry WOODCROFT

Regimental number4874
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSouth Brisbane, d Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Woodcroft, Oxford Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date21 December 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 December 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations of 29th and 30th September and 1st October these men acted as stretcher bearers, and throughout displayed a courage and devotion to duty which was the admiration of all ranks. On 29th September they brought back large numbers of wounded men of all units to the R.A.P. under an extremely intense artillery and machine gun fire. ON 30th September and 1st October they worked unceasingly, carrying the wounded through heavy artillery barrages and under direct enemy observation. By their cheerfulness and devotion to duty they set a splendid example to all ranks, and undoubtedly contributed to the saving of a large number of lives. At great personal risk Privates [3574] HARVEY and [509] PATTERSON rescued an Officer from a burning tank, and brought him under cover.'
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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