Casualty details

McGEE, LEWIS

Rank:
Sergeant
Service No:
456
Date of Death:
12/10/1917
Age:
29
Regiment/Service:
Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
 
40th Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference
XX. D. 1.
Cemetery
TYNE COT CEMETERY

Additional Information:

Son of John and Mary McGee, of Ross, Tasmania; husband of Eileen Rose McGee, of Avoca, Tasmania.


Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30400, dated 23rd Nov., 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery when, in the advance to the final objective, Serjt. McGee led his platoon with great dash and bravery, though strongly opposed, and under heavy shell fire. His platoon was suffering severely and the advance of the Company was stopped by machine gun fire from a ' Pill-box ' post. Single-handed Serjt. McGee rushed the post armed only with a revolver. He shot some of the crew and captured the rest, and thus enabled the advance to proceed. He re-organised the remnants of his platoon and was foremost in the remainder of the advance, and during consolidation of the position he did splendid work. This Non-commissioned Officer's coolness and bravery were conspicuous and contributed largely to the success of the Company's operations. Serjt McGee was subsequently killed in action."

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TYNE COT CEMETERY

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Country:
Belgium
Locality:
West-Vlaanderen

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