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George E. Blight


23rd Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Victory Medal
  • Military Cross

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Miss E. Hughes
  • Plaque: 3198

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Born in Bungaree, Victoria and a Draper by trade, George Elmo Blight was 20 years and single when enlisted on the 5th of May 1915 in the 23rd Battalion, D Company, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Sergeant, Number 1154. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 'Euripides' on the 10th of May 1915. Gunshot wound at Pozieres, France on the 4th of August 1916; admitted 20th General Hospital gunshot wound back mild on 6th August 1916; evacuated wounded and placed on seconded list on the 12th of August 1916, France. Promotions: Promoted Sergeant on the 7th of May 1915; 2nd Lieutenant in Infantry 23rd Unit on the 23rd of August 1915; Lieutenant in Infantry 23rd Unit on the 1st of March 1916. Recommendations (Medals and Awards) Mention in Despatches 'For meritorious service as a Company officer since March 1916 and conspicuous keenness and energy in the line on many occasions.' Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2nd of January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29th of June 1917). Recommendation date: 15th of September 1916. Military Cross 'Distinguished conduct in action (Pozieres).' Recommendation date: 9th of August 1918. Medals OBE Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30 on the 25th of March 1920. Returned to Australia per 'Ormonde' ex England and disembarked on the 20th September 1919. Appointment terminated on the 26th of March 1920 from 3rd Military District.

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour