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George Leslie Wood DEACON

Regimental number2627
Place of birthLilydale, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWoomelang, Rs, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, William Henry Valentine Deacon, Woomelang, Rs, Victoria
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Medaille d'Honneur avec Glaives en Vermeil

Work at Holebeke, La Motte Wood, Strazeele and on the Somme.
Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work at Strazeele and in August 1918 near Villers-Bretonneux.
Recommendation date: 26 September 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 6 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For consistently good work and devotion to duty from 25 February to 16 September 1918. At Strazeele, during a minor operation, under a heavy barrage, he showed great initiative in organizing the forwarding of ammunition to the line. In the operations forwards of Villers-Bretonneux in August, he again showed gallantry and devotion to duty in keeping up supplies in the company. His personal courage and energy are an example to all his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 6 October 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'A highly efficient and courageous Warrant Officer. He has during the period 16th/17th September, 1918, to 11th November, 1918 carried out the duties of Regimental Sergeant Major with the greatest devotion and self-sacrifice. During this period when his Battalion was in the line east of PERONNE, Warrant Officer DEACON was unceasing in his efforts to ensure the smooth working of the Battalion under very difficult conditions. His supervision under shell-fire of rations, ammunition, etc., control of working and carrying parties were beyond praise and by reason of the skill and care of the R.S.M. it is certain casualties were avoided and the men in the line saved much inconvenience. During the period in October, 1918 when the Battalion was in rest this R.S.M. was conspicuous for his zeal in bringing the discipline of the Battalion up to a high standard.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 September 1974
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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