Private George Cartwright

Service number 726
Birth Date 1894-12-09
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Greater London, South Kensington
Death Date 1978-02-02
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Place South Kensington
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-14
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23

George Cartwright (1894-1978) was born in London and later came to Australia. He worked as a labourer near Inverell, New South Wales, before enlisting in December 1915. His battalion went to France in November 1916, and the following year he was wounded while taking part in its first major battle; he was also gassed in early 1918. At Road Wood, south-west of Bouchavesnes near Péronne, as the 3rd Division sought to secure the north of the Somme River, Cartwright attacked an enemy machine-gun post that was holding up the advance. "His gallant deed had a most inspiring effect on the whole line, which immediately rushed forward."

Cartwright was badly wounded a few weeks later and returned to Australia, where he settled in Sydney. He served as a training officer in the Second World War.



Date of birth 09 December 1894
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-12
Date of enlistment 19 December 1915
Date of embarkation 04 May 1916
Date wounded 1917-06
Date wounded 1918-04 Gassed.
Date of honour or award 31 August 1918 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Rood Wood, south west of Bouchavesnes, near Peronne, France whilst serving with 33 Battalion, 9 Brigade, 3 Division as a Private.
Date wounded 1918-09
Date of recommendation honour or award 07 September 1918
Date returned to Australia 1919-03
Date returned to Australia 31 March 1919
Date of discharge 1919-07 Continued his involvement with the military through the Citizen Military Forces.
Date promoted 1939-10 Promoted to temporary captain.
Date of death 02 February 1978