George Henry TREW MM

TREW, George Henry

Service Numbers: 3958, N65913
Enlisted: 25 August 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: District Accounts Office (NSW)
Born: Trafalgar, Baw Baw - Victoria, Australia, 26 September 1894
Home Town: Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3958, 2nd Infantry Battalion
30 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3958, 2nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '7' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Medic embarkation_ship_number: A7 public_note: ''
30 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3958, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
10 Nov 1917: Honoured Military Medal, 1st Passchendaele
29 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3958, 2nd Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", Bullet wound left arm. Repatriated to Australia
25 Oct 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3958, 2nd Infantry Battalion
25 Oct 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3958, 2nd Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

4 Jan 1940: Enlisted Private, SN N65913, Army Training Units
2 May 1945: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Sergeant, SN N65913, District Accounts Office (NSW)

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

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G. H. Trew was born in Trafalgar, Victoria, Australia, in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Holdsworthy, New South Wales on 25 August 1915. Trew embarked for France in H.M.A.T. Pennsylvania, 7 January 1916, and arrived at Marseilles 4 April 1916. He served with the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion, and it would appear that he had an initial aversion to orders - being charged and found guilty of ‘Disobeying Orders’ or ‘Insolence to an N.C.O.’ on six occasions between 28 April 1916 - 23 March 1917. Trew was subject to a Field General Court Martial after being charged with ‘When in lawful custody - escaping.’ He was found guilty and sentenced to two months imprisonment, reduced to one month.

Despite the above, Trew served with 2nd Battalion as part of the 1st Australian Brigade, 1st Australian Division at Passchendaele. During the latter the Battalion served on the front line, 5 - 10 November 1917. Trew was awarded his M.M. for gallantry in operations on 6 November, when the Battalion was in support of the Canadian Corps in an attack on a German position. The 2nd Battalion’s War Diary records that they drew fire, with the front line and support trenches being heavily shelled. The trench held by the support Company was almost obliterated, and they suffered 40 casualties, shell fire accounting for nearly all those killed or wounded. In total the Battalion suffered 33 other ranks killed, 5 officers and 64 other ranks wounded and 13 other ranks missing.

Trew received a gun shot wound to his left arm, 29 June 1918. He returned to Australia in September 1919, and was discharged 25 October of the same year. Trew re-engaged for service during the Second War at Coogee, New South Wales, in January 1940. Having advanced to Sergeant, he was discharged 2 May 1945.