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George Stanley McCROHAN

Regimental number6376
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationContractor
Address73 Arthur Street, Fairfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, R McCrohan, 73 Arthur Street, Fairfield, Victoria
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Battery 10
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 1st May, during a very heavy bombardment of the 10th Battery, a shell set fire to a dump of ammunition near one of the gun pits. This N.C.O. ran from where he had taken shelter, and at great personal risk, extinguished the fire, saving a large amount of ammunition. This N.C.O. has previously rendered gallant and meritorious service during the last twelve months.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'On the afternoon of the 19th May, the 10th Battery in LAGNICOURT VALLEY were being heavily shelled by 5.9" enemy guns. A direct hit was registered on No. 1 gun pit which set fire to the camouflage and ammunition. Sergeant MCCROHAN, regardless of personal danger, rushed into the pit, and assisted by A/Bombardier PARK, threw out burning shells some of which exploded. He threw earth on the burning wood-work and later completely extinguished the fire with water. By his promptness, energy and coolness, No. 1 gun, sights, and about 500 rounds of ammunition were saved. While engaged in this task another direct hit was registered by the enemy and No. 3 gun was blown completely out of its pit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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