George Melandi Seward BRAIN

Regimental number15
Place of birthJunee, New South Wales
Address54 Sloane Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinSister, Miss 0 M Brain, Sloane Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name4th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 28 February 1917


Promotion date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 22 February 1920

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During some operations, in order to bring a barrage fire on a wood, it was necessary to get sixteen guns into position in a village. This officer was given the task, and completed it during the night, although he had to cross a river where all the bridges were broken, and he had to get some timber from an enemy dump to improve one, and was under fire the whole time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date27 May 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Promoted Sergeant, 27 April 1915. Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 19 May 1915; evacuated to England and admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 28 June 1915. Appointed Machine Gun Instructor, England, 13 November 1915.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 September 1917. On leave to England, 9 December 1918. Granted special leave to undertake marine engineering study with J.G.Kincaid & Co, Greenwich, Scotland, 21 March-21 September 1919. Married Catherine Ann McMILLAN, Greenock, 19 February 1919.

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