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George Henry PITTS

Regimental number1215
Place of birthPortland Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address91 Banks Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs G H Pitts, 91 Banks Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Showed great courage and devotion to duty under heavy fire as gunner.' (East of Ypres on 31 July 1917).
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 31 October 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He brought his gun into action under intense shell and machine gun fire, man handling it over fifty yards of very difficult ground. He then kept the gun in action for twelve hours until he was severely wounded, working with only one gunner of the detachment, the remainder having become casualties. His coolness and courage throughout deserved the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Date of death16 January 1957
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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