George Campbell DAVIES MM


DAVIES, George Campbell

Service Number: 6857
Enlisted: 22 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 27 November 1895
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 29 June 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery
(I. C. 7) La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery Belgium , La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, La Plus Douve, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kent Town Wesleyan Methodist Church WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
10 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 6857, 8th Field Ambulance
10 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 6857, 8th Field Ambulance, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
29 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 6857, 27th Infantry Battalion

Awarded the Military Medal (Recommendation - 15 June 1916)

In the night of 5/6th. May, Lt. Rose and L/Cpl. Munday were wounded on patrol. Davies brought Lt Rose in while Tymons remained in NO MAN'S LAND with Munday. Tymons had to hold the wounded man down as he was struggling and groaning. This was within hearing distance of the German Trenches. Davies returned with a stretcher and helped to carry Munday back.

[End note: L/Cpl Munday (Gilbert Cecil MUNDAY) later died of his wounds]

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Killed in Action during a Trench Raid on the night of the 28/29th of June 1916. The action took place near Ontario Farm in the Messines Ridge sector of the Ypres / Flanders front line. 

The Battalion diary summarise the events that occurred that night: "During night our raiding party entered enemy trenches at Ontario Farm under Artillery Barrage and did some damage. Killing 17 enemy and taking 4 prisoners. retaliation by Bosche Artillery severe. Our casualties Wounded Lts Sommerville JR and Gooden SR. Other Ranks Killed 4, Wounded 26." Although it was only a relatively small trench raid carried out that night, the German's inflicted more damage on the raiders than the 27th did to the German's.