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George James RANKIN

Date of birth1 May 1887
Place of birthRochester, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressRochester, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMrs G Rankin, Rochester, Victoria
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Promotions

Major


Unit: 4th Light Horse
Promotion date: 31 March 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

DSO


Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

Brevet Major


Recommendation date: 30 April 1917

DSO


Recommendation date: 15 January 1918

DSO


Recommendation date: 15 April 1918

Bar to DSO


Recommendation date: 30 September 1918 and 1 October 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' Supplement, 14 June 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 2 September 1920.

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', fifth Supplement, No. 30930 (7 October 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23 (12 January 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'Capture of Jerusalem.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

DSO and Bar

'For great gallantry, dash and initiative during the operations, from El Kuneitra to Damascus. On the 30th September, 1918, when his regiment acted as advance guard from Sasa to Kaukab, owing to his rapid movements, they captured 340 prisoners, one field gun, and eight machine guns. Kaukab was strongly held by the enemy, and when this officer was ordered to make a frontal attack, his leadership was excellent, and his regiment seized all objectives, capturing nine officers, over 70 other ranks, and eight machine guns. In this action the enemy's cavalry were driven in disorder towards Damascus. On the morning of the 1st October, 1918, when ordered to seize Military Barracks in Damascus, he showed great skill in manoeuvring his troops in such a manner that he was largely instrumental in capturing the whole enemy garrison in Damascus, numbering over 11,000.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsCO, 4th Light Horse, 1917-18; GOC, 2nd Cavalry Division, 1937-42. MHR, 1937-49; Senator, 1950-56.
Date of death28 December 1957

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