ID numberP00735.005
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Film copy negative
MakerHolmes, Leonard Malcolm
Place madeBelgium: Western Front (Belgium), Passchendaele Area, Passchendaele
Date madec 1920
DescriptionGrave marker of Sergeant (Sgt) Lewis McGee VC, 40th Battalion, Australian Infantry, of Avoca, Tasmania, who was killed in action at Passchendaele, Belgium, on 12 October 1917. An extract from The London Gazette No 30400, dated 23rd November 1917, records the following: 'For most conspicuous bravery when, in the advance to the final objective, Sgt McGee led his platoon with great dash and bravery, though strongly opposed, and under heavy shell fire. His platoon was suffering severely and the advance of the Company was stopped by machine gun fire from a `Pill-box' post. Single handed Sgt McGee rushed the post armed only with a revolver. He shot some of the crew and captured the rest, and thus enabled the advance to proceed. He reorganised the remnants of his platoon and was foremost in the remainder of the advance, and during consolidation of the position he did splendid work. This Non Commissioned Officer's coolness and bravery were conspicuous and contributed largely to the success of the Company's operations.' Sgt McGee was subsequently awarded the VC for his outstanding bravery.