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Edward George SEARLE

Regimental number1240
Place of birthWestbury Tasmania
AddressWestbury, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, George Searle, Westbury, Tasmania
Enlistment date22 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1918

Military Medal

'Is recommended for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in action near HAMEL WOOD, eat of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. When the line was slightly checked by an enemy machine gun he led his Section out and attacked it, capturing the gun, and inflicting casualties and capturing the eleven remaining enemy. His coolness and courage throughout were most inspiring, and had a steadying effect on his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 391 Pte Frank Vivian SEARLE, 12th Bn, died of wounds, 30 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 September 1967
Age at death79
Place of burialWestbury Anglican Cemetery, Tasmania

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