• McGEE, Sergeant, LEWIS, V C, 456. 40th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 12th October 1917. Age 29.
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Name
McGEE
First name
LEWIS
Date of death
12/10/1917
Title
Sergeant VC
Extra information
McGEE, Sergeant, LEWIS, V C, 456. 40th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 12th October 1917. Age 29. Son of John and Mary McGee, of Ross, Tasmania; husband of Eileen Rose McGee, of Avoca, Tasmania. Tyne Cot Cemetery XX. D. I. An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30400, dated 23rd Nov., 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery when, in the advance to the final objective, Serjt. McGee led his platoon with great dash and bravery, though strongly opposed, and under heavy shell fire. His platoon was suffering severely and the advance of the Company was stopped by machine gun fire from a ' Pill-box ' post. Single-handed Serjt. McGee rushed the post armed only with a revolver. He shot some of the crew and captured the rest, and thus enabled the advance to proceed. He re-organised the remnants of his platoon and was foremost in the remainder of the advance, and during consolidation of the position he did splendid work. This Non-commissioned Officer's coolness and bravery were conspicuous and contributed largely to the success of the Company's operations. Serjt McGee was subsequently killed in action."
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