First World War, 1914-1918
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Studio portrait of 726 Private George Cartwright, VC. A native of the South Kensington district ...
Studio portrait of 726 Private George Cartwright, VC. A native of the South Kensington district of London, England, Cartwright emigrated to Australia and he was working as a labourer when he enlisted in December 1915. He was serving as a private in the 33rd Battalion when he was awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous valour and devotion to duty" during action on 31 August 1918 at Road Wood, France. Pte Cartwright attacked an enemy machine gun that had held up two allied companies. He shot three of the team, bombed the post and captured the gun and nine prisoners. He was wounded in September 1918 and was hospitalised, returning to Australia in March 1919 where he was discharged on 1 July, later serving in the Citizen Military Forces.