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George Thyree EATON

Regimental number13770
Place of birthPenrith New South Wales
Other Namesaoerge Thyrll
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHospital attendant
AddressParramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, G Eaton, Short Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Pozieres on 11 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at ROSIERES on 11th August, 1918. The enemy put down a heavy gas shell and H.E. bombardment and set fire to a row of marquees in the captured C.C.S. then occupied as a Dressing Station by 2nd Australian Field Ambulance. A truck load of gas shells standing opposite to the post was struck and began to explode. Private EATON working in his respirator at once set to work to extinguish the fire regardless of the continuous bombardment and the shells flying in all directions from the burning truck. He promptly let go all the ropes of the adjoining tent and threw water on the next tent and in this way managed to limit the extent of the fire and kept it from extending to the hut where his officer had many wounded lying. After this he rendered great assistance in removing wounded to a place of safety. During the whole of the time he was conspicuous among the bearers for his cool bearing and prompt action in the face of danger and by his energy and devotion to the wounded he set an example which stimualted all the bearers around and enabled the Officer in charge to evacuate all his cases from this dangerous position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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