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  • Name: George CARTWRIGHT
  • D.O.B: 9th December, 1894
  • D.O.A: 31st August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 2nd February, 1978
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 33rd Battalion (New SouthWales), 9th Brigade, 3rd Division, Australian Imperial Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Road Wood, near Bouchavesnes, France 31 August 1918

31 August 1918

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The First World War 1918 

By the end of August 1918 Fourth Army with its large contingent of Australian troops had advanced as far east as the Somme Canal, where this turned south after its junction with the Canal du Nord. Péronne on the far bank remained in German hands and was the next Australian objective. As part of the advance against it, on 31 August 1918 33rd Battalion (New South Wales) took part in the assault on Road Wood, which lay about halfway between Cléry-sur-Somme and Bouchavesnes, north-west of Péronne.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the morning of the 31st August, 1918, during the attack on Road Wood, south-west of Bouchavesnes, near Peronne. When two companies were held up by machine-gun fire from the south-western edge of the wood, without hesitation Pte. Cartwright moved against the gun in a most deliberate manner under intense fire. He shot three of the team, and, having bombed the post, captured the gun and nine enemy. This gallant deed had a most inspiring effect on the whole line, which immediately rushed forward. Throughout the operation Pte. Cartwight displayed wonderful dash, grim determination, and courage of the highest order. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14779

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