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George Norman SHARPIN

Regimental number2366
Place of birthTatura Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
Address'Te Whare', Crisp Street, Hampton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Thomas Sharpin, Crisp Street, Hampton, Victoria
Enlistment date8 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during action at SUZANNE on 26th August, 1918. During the capture of SUZANNE and MURRAY WOOD when the 37th Battalion was held up by machine gun posts in and beyond MURRAY WOOD, a voluntary Lewis gun team was called for to go and assist in clearing the enemy strong posts. SHARPIN and [1881 D.] McMASTER were the first two men to volunteer and with one other man got their gun into position, doing wonderful work in wounding several of the enemy garrison and distracting their attention from a flank party which rushed the post and successfully cleared the way for the advance of the left Battalion. Later, SHARPIN and McMASTER did excellent work with their gun killing and wounding many of the enemy as they retired in the direction of VAUX WOOD. Throughout the operation SHARPIN and McMASTER showed wonderful coolness and devotion to duty and their personal courage was most inspiring to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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