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George Herbert GILSON

Regimental number2364
Place of birthIpswich Queensland
AddressIpswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, James Gilson, Goonda, Queensland
Enlistment date29 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'Pioneer Gilson is recommended for splendid courage and devotion to duty in the attack on HINDENBURG LINE South of REINCOURT on 11th April, 1917. He brought in wounded over ground swept by enemy Machine guns and controlled by enemy snipers who showed no respect to Stretcher Bearers and it was entirely due to the noble efforts of the Stretcher Bearers that over fifty of our wounded were brought back to our lines a distance of a half mile. He was noticed for gallant work at Pozieres in August, 1916'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 497 Frances GILSON, 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 12 July 1918; 21225 Driver James GILSON, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 21 October 1918.

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