Sergeant Lewis McGee

Service number 456
Ranks Held Lance Corporal, Sergeant
Birth Date 1888-05-13
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Ross
Death Date 1917-10-12
Death Place Belgium
Final Rank Sergeant
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1917-11-26
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-03-07

Lewis McGee (1888-1917) was born in Ross, Tasmania. He was 27, married and working as an engine-driver when he enlisted in Tasmania in early 1916. Although his battalion did not see any big battles until 1917, it did particularly good work in the attack on Broodseinde Ridge on 4 October. Leading a depleted platoon, McGee made a single-handed attack on a concrete blockhouse while armed with only a revolver. He then had an active part in consolidating the captured position.

Resuming the advance a week later, McGee was killed in the futile attack on Passchendaele.



Date of birth 13 May 1888
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 01 March 1916 40th Battalion.
Date of enlistment 01 March 1916
Date of embarkation 01 July 1916
Date promoted 1916-12 Appointed to Lance Corporal.
Date promoted 04 December 1916 Promoted to Corporal.
Date promoted 12 January 1917 Promoted to Sergeant.
Date of honour or award 04 October 1917 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Ypres, France whilst serving with 40 Battalion, 10 Brigade, 3 Division as a Sergeant
Date of death 12 October 1917 Killed in the action in Ypres, Belgium. He is buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele.
Date of fate 13 October 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 21 October 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918