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George William MOWAT

Regimental number465
Date of birth11 August 1895
Place of birthCressy, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCressy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinPeter M Mowat, Cressy, Victoria
Enlistment date11 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations North East of BELLICOURT between 29th September and 1st October 1918. This N.C.O. handled the Lewis Gun Sections in a most able manner and by his utter contempt for enemy machine Gun and shell fire showed a splendid example of courage and discipline. On the last day of these attacks his Officers all became casualties. This N.C.O. immediately took charge of the Company and established his line in a most able manner. He personally pushed his sentry groups well forward, and after considerable difficulty established connection with the Unit on his left.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Was wounded in the thigh and temporarily deafened at Fromelles.

Won Military Medal for work done at Polygon Wood, Belgium. Medal presented at City Hall, Geelong, 12 noon on Tuesday 23 March 1920, by Sir William Birdwood.

War service: Western Front

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

Re-enlisted in WWII and was killed while on active service in New Guinea.

Date of death30 December 1942
Age at death47
Place of burialPort Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery (Plot A7, Row C, Grave 4), New Guinea

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