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George Melling LIVESEY

Date of birth2 August 1893
Place of birthBroken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.11
Height5' 3.25"
Weight148 lbs
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Volunteer Cadets.
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 July 1915
Place of enlistmentSouth Melbourne, Victoria
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 2 February 1918


Promotion date: 1 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Under heavy machine gun fire he successfully led a party against an enemy position, capturing three machine guns and fourteen prisoners, and killing a number of the enemy. The enemy, with at least 100 men, immediately counter attacked, and closed round his party. Nevertheless, he held on to his prisoners and guns, and fought his way back with them to his lines. He showed marked courage and determined leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date18 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Promoted Lance Sergeant, 4 July 1916; Company Quarter Master Sergeant, 16 September 1916; commissioned, 2 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Warwiclshire', 5 April 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 18 July 1919.

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

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 12 June 1940; discharged, 6 April 1945, as V8572 Captain, Army Headquarters O Branch.
Date of death31 July 1963
SourcesNAA: B2455, LIVESEY George Melling

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