Johncock, George Edward MM
Military Medal


War Service:
Sergeant 4327 GEORGE EDWARD JOHNCOCK was killed in action on 13 August 1918 while serving with the 49th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. He was 25. He enlisted at Bangalow, New South Wales on 14 September 1915.

He was awarded the Military Medal for his part in an action at Dernancourt, near Albert on 5 April 1918. The citation refers to his conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty and exceptional determination in mounting a counter attack of six men on a neighbouring post that he saw attacked and occupied by the enemy at night. Sgt Johncock regained the post, killing most of the enemy, and held it until dawn, safely bringing out the wounded. He continued firing after the rest of his team were casualties and until he was wounded and his gun destroyed.

He is buried in Cote 80 French National Cemetery, Etinehem, Somme.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and the memorial at Christ Church, Lee.

He was the son of Edward and Mary Johncock, of 307 Lee High Road.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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