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George Henry GATES

Regimental number7572
Place of birthPetersham, New South Wales
SchoolSummer Hill Public School, New South Wales
Other trainingTechnical College, Sydney, NSW
ReligionBaptist
OccupationSoldier
AddressPetersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Gates, 176 New Canterbury Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in 33rd Bn Commonwealth Military Forces as Acting DS Major, Instructional Staff.
Enlistment date16 February 1917
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name13th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateKilled in Action 20 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialBeacon Cemetery (Plot VI, Row G, Grave No. 8), Sailly-Laurette, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
123
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Elizabeth GATES, 'Arlington', Greenacre Road, Hurstville, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of the SOMME east of HAMEL on 8th August, 1918. Sergeant GATES was a Platoon Sergeant and during the attack on ACCROCHE WOOD was detailed to collect parties who had lost their units in the wood owing to dense fog. This was carried out under very heavy artillery fire, and Sergeant GATES collected some thirty men whom he formed into a platoon and led forward to the left flank of his Company. During the advance he showed conspicuous gallantry in attacking a terrace of dugouts which were defended by a machine gun on their flank. Sergeant GATES rushed this position killing two of the Gunners and capturing a heavy machine gun after severe fighting. He then led the remainder of his men forward and captured over thirty men in the dugouts. With his platoon he greatly assisted protecting the flank of his Company and keeping touch with the Company on his left. He afterwards led his men forward to the final objective, assisted in reorganising his platoon, and returning his men to their proper units. His bravery was outstanding.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte F.J. Gates no. 2410, 1st MG Bn, killed in action.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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