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George Hodgetts PALMER

Regimental number395
Place of birthJoel Joel N/A
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressJoel Joel
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinJames Palmer, Joel Joel via Stawell, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A34 Persic on 28 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (altered from Distinguished Service Medal)

FateReturned to Australia 4 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near NAUROY during the operations of 29th and 30th September 1918. Palmer was attached to Brigade Headquarters as a galloper between Brigade and Battalion Headquarters. On the night of the 29th/30th September whilst carrying despatches to one of the forward Battalions he got caught in a very heavy barrage and had his horse killed under him, he himself being heavily thrown and badly shaken. He continued on foot, delivered his despatches and reported back to Brigade headquarters. By this time telephonic communication had been cut and all other runners who were acquainted with the locality had become casualties. Hearing that an important operation order had to go out, Palmer volunteered to carry it, although still suffering from shock. On reaching a point West of BELLICOURT he was informed that the forward routes were closed to traffic owing to the intense enemy artillery fire; he left his horse, a fresh one which he had obtained, with the traffic post and fearlessly pushed forward on foot. He safely delivered his despatches after going through one of the heaviest barrages that has been experienced on this front. His work was a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Date of death15 March 1975
Place of burialCheltenham Memorial Park Cemetery

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