George Arthur Davies

First Name: 
George
Middle Name: 
Arthur
Last Name: 
Davies
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, June 5, 1894
Mother's Name: 
Margaret (nee Bennett)
Father's Name: 
Joseph Davies
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, August 24, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Corporal
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
14th Field Ambulance
Awards: 
D C M
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, April 23, 1976
Place of Death: 
Concord Hospital
Details: 

George Davies (Service No 172) was born in Corrimal, NSW however the family were living at Mount Keira when he enlisted. He was a single 20 year old printer who had served in the 7th Army Medical Corps Militia for 2 years. He enlisted as a Corporal and embarked on S S Katuna on 22nd September 1914 with C Squadron 1st Field Ambulance.

George saw service in Egypt and was sent to Gallipoli arriving on 11th August 1915. He transferred to 14th Field Ambulance and was promoted to Sergeant on 20th February 1916. George then spent more time in Egypt before going to England and then on to the Western Front.

On 3rd October 1917 he was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal while at Polygon Wood between 26th and 28th September 1917 and at Birr Cross Roads on 29th September 1917. The citation reads, "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Hearing that a man was lying out in the open wounded, he led some men through a very heavy barrage and carried him to safety. At 5pm on 29th September 1917 at Birr Cross roads a truck of ammunition which was part of a light train was set on fire by an enemy shell he rushed to this spot with 2 men and uncoupled it, in spite of exploding ammunition and after about 15 minutes work succeeded in isolating the burning truck from the remainder. It was largely owing to his courage and determination that many lives and a quantity of ammunition were saved." The award was granted on 6th April 1918.

On 15th October 1917 he was severely gassed and was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment. As a 1914 man he was granted home leave and returned to Australia in October 1918. He was discharged on 3rd February 1919.

On 19th June 1920 he married Margaret Nicol and he returned to his occupation of printer.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, DAVIES G A

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