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George Dodgson COLES

Regimental number1731
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Coles, 55 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London, England
Enlistment date9 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 23rd day of August, 1918, at HERLEVILLE WOOD. During the attack this Stretcher Bearer carried out his duties nobly and well. Under heavy Machine Gun and rifle fire and through heavily wooded country, with enemy snipers, he worked continuously. On one occasion when he noticed one of our wounded lying a few yards from an enemy post, despite hostile fire he walked forward and succeeded in bringing the wounded man safely to our lines. He showed great courage and coolness under most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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