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George Charles BLACK

Regimental number1234
Place of birthCasterton, Victoria
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressCasterton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lousie Black, Casterton, Victoria
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'On 4th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous Gallantry and devotion to duty in action. This man was No. 1 of a Lewis gun team and when his Section Commander was severely wounded, he assumed command, organised the Section and consolidated a position. The gun and team were hit, but he repaired the gun under heavy shell fire, collected men for a team and carried on under very difficult conditions. he showed initiative and powers of leadership of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1235 Pte Gordon Alexander BLACK, 39th Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 June 1978
Age at death80
Place of burialCasterton Cemetery, Victoria

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