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George Frederick LOWTHER

ReligionChurch of England
Address82 Wallis Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, F E Lowther, 82 Wallis Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 July 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name20th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Rollspec Service "C" Tspt
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry as Company Commander in the advance east of Amiens on 8th and 11th August, 1918. In spite of thick fog and hidden defences he gained the final objective. The following day, he, with a few men, rushed a machine gun post, and further captured and consolidated fresh ground. On the 11th, he, to conform with the advance of another battalion, established posts, forming a defensive flank, and, while doing so, rushed, with four men, another enemy post. On being finally ordered to withdraw, he extricated his company from a difficult positio with very few casualties, being himself the last to leave. Throughout he showed fine courage and leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When responsible for the forming up of attacking troops a shell burst near him, severely wounding him. He would not allow his casualty to be reported although much shaken and in great pain, but carried on at a very critical period. He remained at his post over five hours after being wounded, only withdrawing when ordered to do so.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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