George Roy BICE MM, MID

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BICE, George Roy

Service Number: 3673
Enlisted: 15 March 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 7th Field Ambulance
Born: Port Augusta, South Australia, 25 July 1889
Home Town: Port Augusta, Port Augusta, South Australia
Schooling: Public School, Port Augusta, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk at Wood Son & Co, Broken Hill,New South Wales, Australia
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 29 October 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery
Plot II, Row K, Grave 1
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 3673, Adelaide, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3673, 7th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3673, 7th Field Ambulance, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
29 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3673, 7th Field Ambulance, Third Ypres

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Biography

George is the son of Samuel and Mary Bice of Port Augusta and later Fullarton. His cousin Captain Percy Bice lost an eye in battle during the Great War

"3673 Sergeant George Roy Bice, MM, of Port Augusta, SA, who enlisted with B Section, 7th Field Ambulance as a Private on 15 March 1915 and sailed on HMAT Geelong from Adelaide on 31 May 1915. Sgt Bice was promoted to Sgt in the field and was awarded the MM and a MID for his actions on 20 September 1917 by guiding stretcher bearers throught heavy shell bombardments and for the 'many occasions where he has shown the upmost gallantry'. Sgt Bice was killed in action on 29 October 1917 in France and is buried in the Poperinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium on Memorial Panel number 182. Sgt Bice worked as an office clerk in Broken Hill prior to his enlistment in Adelaide." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Awarded the Military Medal

This N.C.O. was in charge of bearers at the right Aid Post WESTHOEK RIDGE NOrth East of HOOGE on 20th September, 1917. During a heavy bombardment this N.C.O. was in charge of several bearer squads carrying wounded. The bearers hesitated momentarily to proceed under the fire but Sergeant BICE took hold of the front stretcher and showing a fine example of gallantry brought on the cases thereby establishing a precedent which prevented any dealy in clearing the wounded to safety. This N.C.O. has on many occasions shown the utmost gallantry. - See Link to right of this page

 

 

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