George STEWART DCM

Badge Number: S12427, Sub Branch: Mitcham
S12427

STEWART, George

Service Number: 2766
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 13th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, July 1888
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bootmaker
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 29 December 1969
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Acacia A, Path AL, Grave 666
Memorials: Adelaide Gilles Street Primary School WW1 Honour Board (Original)
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2766, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 2766, Divisional Ammunition Column, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 2766, Divisional Ammunition Column, HMAT Medic, Adelaide
29 Sep 1917: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Polygon Wood, Conspicuous gallantry
31 Jan 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2766, 13th Field Artillery Brigade

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Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst the battery was in action it was heavily bombarded by the enemy with gas shells, and Sergeant Stewart was badly gassed, bvt he declined to leave his post as the strength of the battery had been much reduced by casualties. At a later date of the engagement, when a whole gun detachment had become casualties from the explosion of a hostile shell, he went, without hesitation, on his own initiative, to the gun and kept it in action till another detachment arrived. The fine example of this capable and fearless N.C.O. was worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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