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George Gordon COUTTS

Regimental number3575
Place of birthClunes, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressClunes, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinAmelia Coutts, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 March 1915
Place of enlistmentCharleville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 7, Field Ambulance 7, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 24 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


For conspicuous gallantry carryingwounded under heavy fire under direct observation of the enemy North of Noreuil.
Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialBeacon Cemetery (Plot I Row I, Grave No. 8), Sailly-Laurette, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
182
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Amelia COUTTS, 120 Ryan Street, Railway Town, Broken Hill, New South Wales. Native of Clunes, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'Lance Corporal COUTTS continually carried wounded under heavy artillery and machine gun fire under direct observation of the enemy north of NOREUIL on May 3rd 1917. He was wounded but refused to give in, and carried on with his duty for several hours until he was completely exhausted when in consequence of his wound he had to be evacuated to the Casualty Clearing Station.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 September 1915.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, Anzac, 26 October 1917; discharged to duty, 29 October 1915.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 19 November 1915; discharged to duty, 23 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 29 December 1915.

Rejoined No 7 Field Ambulance from duty as a Baggage Guard, 12 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, Morbecque, 30 March 1916; discharged, 3 April 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 23 January 1917.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 15 March 1917 (mumps); transferred to Corps Mumps Station, 15 March 1917; discharged, 1 April 1917, and rejoined unit the same day.

Wounded in action, 4 May 1917; admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 4 May 1917 (gunshot wound, back); transferred to No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 5 May 1917; to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 5 May 1917; to No 16 Ambulance Train, 6 May 1917; to No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 7 May 1917; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 10 May 1917; discharged, 12 May 1917, and marched into Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 23 May 1917; rejoined No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 May 1917.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 June 1917 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 June 1917; to No 1 South African General Hospital, Abbeville, 2 July 1917; to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 27 July 1917; discharged, 11 August 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 12 August 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 20 August 1917; rejoined No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 24 August 1917.

On leave, 13 September 1917; rejoined unit, 24 September 1917.

On leave to Paris, 30 November 1917; rejoined unit, 10 December 1917.

Admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 14 June 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); discharged, 17 June 1918, and rejoined unit the same day.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COUTTS George Gordon

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