ABRAMOVITCH, Gershom Samuel

Service Numbers: 17, 3, 8805A, 3, 8805A, VX39852
Enlisted: 12 August 1914, At Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Motor Transport Company
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 30 March 1896
Home Town: Brunswick, Moreland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Horse Driver
Died: Macclesfield, Victoria, Australia, 17 September 1957, aged 61 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 17, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, At Melbourne, Victoria
4 Mar 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 17, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Melbourne
16 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3, 8805A, 2nd Divisional Train, Enlisted at Victoria Issued with a new service number on joining Division Train
22 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3, 4th Light Horse Brigade, Ammunition Reserve
22 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3, 4th Light Horse Brigade, Ammunition Reserve, HMAT Vestalia, Sydney
21 Apr 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 20th Infantry Battalion, From 2nd Divisional Train
24 Jul 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3, 20th Infantry Battalion
21 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 20th Infantry Battalion, Appointed Lance Corporal then up graded to Corporal the same day
17 Jun 1919: Honoured Military Medal, On the 3rd October 1918, in the attack on the Beaurevoir System, near the village of Beaurevoir East of Peronne, it was necessary to withdraw to a position which was exposed to machine gun fire. Lance Corporal Adams volunteered to deliver a despatch of great importance explaining our position to Headquarters. Although under heavy machine gun fire both going and returning, he successfully delivered the message and returned with instructions. London Gazette on 17 June 1919, page 7693, position 2 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 10 October 1919, page 1494, position 139
7 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 8805A, 20th Infantry Battalion, Discharged at the 3rd Military District

World War 2 Service

21 Feb 1941: Involvement SN VX39852
21 Feb 1941: Enlisted SN VX39852
21 Feb 1941: Enlisted SN VX39852, 4th Motor Transport Company, Enlisted at Royal Park, Victoria

World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1941: Embarked SN VX39852, 4th Motor Transport. Embarked at Sydney, NSW. Disembarked at Singapore on 24 April 1941

World War 2 Service

15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Changi POW Camp
13 Sep 1945: Embarked SN VX39852, Embarked HS Manunda at Singapore for Australia via Labuan where he re-embarked HS Manoora
17 Dec 1945: Discharged SN VX39852, 4th Motor Transport ex-POW
1 Aug 1946: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Actual date unknown London Gazette on 1 August 1946, page 3922, position 31 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 12 September 1946, page 2475, position 31

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Enlisted for WW1 underalias of Geroge Harold Adams.

On 25 February 1920 he signed a Statutory Declaration form stating that he had served during WW1 under the false name of George Harold Adams and that in fact his true name was Gershom Samuel Abramovitch and that  he was almost three years younger than stated on the Attestation Paper

Son of Lewis Abramovitch and Mary Bertha Lillie Abramovitch nee Dalwood of St Kilda, Victoria. Brother of Reuben Adiel Lewis Abrmovitch, Elroi David Abrmovitch, Perez Othneil Abramovitch, Adina Dorothy Abramovitch and Lily Rebecca Myrtle Abramovitch

Husband of Lucy Millicent Isabel Abramovitch. Gershom and Lucy married in Victoria during 1923

Commenced return to Australia on 9 April 1919 aboard HT Warwickhire

WW1 Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

 WW2 Medals_n1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal