George Kenneth VERCO (VERCOE) MM

VERCO (VERCOE), George Kenneth

Service Number: 8628
Enlisted: 21 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Hyde Park, South Australia, 21 November 1893
Home Town: Hyde Park, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Surveyor's assistant
Died: Natural causes, Poole, Dorset, England, March 1974
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Unley Museum Honour Board, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 8628, Keswick, South Australia
22 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 8628, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Persic embarkation_ship_number: A34 public_note: ''
22 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, 8628, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Persic, Melbourne
25 Oct 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Third Ypres
5 Dec 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery Brigades
1 Aug 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column


A Military Medal for gallantry in action has been awarded to Sgt. George K. Verco, 14th Battery Field Artillery, 5th F.A. Brigade.
The recipient is a son of Mr. and Mrs A. Verco of Hyde Park, and is 24 years of age. He was educated at Unley School, and, as an exhibitioner, at the High School. For about two years he was in the Survey Department engaged on field work on the west coast. He enlisted for war service in the infantry in July, 1915 and during the campaign in France was transferred to the artillery. Sgt. Verco has been in many dangerous corners in the battlefields of the west.
(The Journal (Adelaide) Monday 11 February 1918)


Military Medal Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
On October 25th 1917 in the Ypres sector this man succeeded in maintaining an important ground line across a very bad stretch of country necessitating his working for 3 and a half hours under very heavy shell fire, thereby enabling a much needed Battery to be kept in action during a very critical period.
Gunner (T/Bombadier) VERCO has been conspicuous for gallantry and steady devotion to duty since the commencement of the recent operations.

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Biography contributed by Graham Padget

Son of Alfred VERCO and Elizbeth (nee NICHOLLS)