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George BURROWS

Regimental number2021
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
AddressRiley Street, Penrith, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Burrows, Riley Street, Penrith, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

DSO


Altered to Bar to Military Medal.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He constructed a strong point under heavy fire, and for four days supervised the wiring of the brigade front, in spite of heavy counter attacks. he showed great coolness and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He was in charge of a section of sappers accompanying one of the assaulting battalions, and on reching the final objective he saw a long range gun, an engine, and some ammunition coaches which were on fire on a siding some 200 yards beyond the front line. He immediately took two sappers forward under heavy machine gun fire, raised stem on the engine and shunted the burning waggons to another siding, and brought the gun back well within his lines. His determined courage and initiative resulted in the capture of a very valuable gun.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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