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George Henry READ

Regimental number1402
Place of birthMortlake New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kin..., Sarah McPhee, Leviathan Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Enlistment date16 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Recommendation date: 18 September 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 6 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous devotion to duty during the period 16th/17th September, 1918, to 11th November, 1918. During the attack near VILLERET on the 18th September, 1918, this N.C.O. showed great gallantry. When the attack commenced Sergeant READ was in command of the right flank platoon of the Battalion and led his men forward until held up by an enemy post of one machine gun and ten men. He immediately rushed the post, killing two and capturing the remainder of the garrison. Later when 50 percent of his platoon had become casualties he reorganised his men and formed a defensive right flank, personally maintaining liaison with the attacking Battalion on our right. Owing to this N.C.O.s utter disregard of personal danger, he set a splendid example to his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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