George James OLIVER MC

Badge Number: MS5685, Sub Branch: Adelaide

OLIVER, George James

Service Number: 1736
Enlisted: 2 June 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 27 April 1894
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 1 August 1941, aged 47 years
Cemetery: Glen Osmond (St. Saviour) Anglican Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide Savings Bank of South Australia Honour Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

2 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1736, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1736, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1736, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
2 Feb 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion


George James Oliver (39), a bank official, of Portrush road, Marryatville, was ordered imprisonment for 12 months by Mr. Justice Napier in the Criminal Court today.
Oliver, who was formerly in charge of the verification branch of the Savings Bank of South Australia, had admitted having about June 30 at Adelaide forged a withdrawal order on the bank for £732 1/1, with intent to defraud.
The Crown Prosecutor (Mr. R. R. Chamberlain) prosecuted, and Mr. W. F. J. McCann appeared for Oliver


Awarded Military Cross

'On the night of the 28/29th March 1918 near Sailly-le-Sec, north of the Somme, Lt. Oliver in-charge of his platoon, made a reconnaissance in force with the object of gaining ground and establishing an outpost line. He successfully accomplished his task under adverse weather conditions and under heavy enemy shell fire. Again on the night of the 29/30th March when the enemy gained a footing in our outpost line, Lt. Oliver took his platoon forward and re-established our line, driving the enemy from our picquet line by his personal bravery and leadership, and set a fine example of cheerfulness and devotion to duty, keeping his Platoon cheerful and happy throughout his dangerous task, inspiring them with his own courage. He indeed proved himself worthy of commendation.'

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