George MACE

Regimental number207
Place of birthBrimington, Derbyshire, England
SchoolDronfield Grammar School, Derbyshire, England
Age on arrival in Australia25
AddressKellerberrin via Bruce Rock, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.75"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinJ Mace, Brimingham, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 22 October 1917
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXV, Row G, Grave No. 19A), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'Is brought to notice for his bravery and gallant conduct on the night of the 10th/11th April 1917. He volunteered for patrol duty in "No Man's Land" prior to the attack on the HINDENBURG Line near REINCOURT. He patrolled "No Man's Land" from our Outpost Lines to the line held by the enemy, on the night of the 9th/10th April and secured valuable information. He accompanied several Officers up to the enemy's wires for the purpose of ascertaining to what extent they had to be cut by our Artillery fire, and in his patrol duties on that occasion displayed great enterprise and bravery. Again on the night of 10th/11th April he assisted the Intelligence Officer in placing the jumping off tapes in "No Man's Land". Before dawn on the 11th April he rendered valuable assistance in guiding the several companies of the Battalion on to their jumping off tapes. On the morning of the 11th April after the attack had been launched he went out into a veritable hail of Machine gun bullets and attended to and assisted to bring in wounded men. This Non Commissioned Officer is strongly recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, Mudros, 26 September 1915 (gastro-enteritis); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 28 September 1915 (diarrhoea).

Promoted Corporal, 27 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 30 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Sergeant, 22 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Awarded Military Medal.

Proceeded on leave, 16 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 1 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 21 October 1917 shrapnel wound, abdomen, perforating), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 October 1917.

Died of wounds, 22 October 1917.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Birmington; next of kin incorrectly enetered as F. MACE.
SourcesNAA: B2455, MACE George