Biography

Birth date: 13 May 1888
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Ross
Death date: 12 October 1917
Death place: Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 456 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 12 October 1917
  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Date of embarkation: 01 July 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Hobart

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

A02623

Portrait of Sergeant (Sgt) Lewis McGee VC 40th Battalion Australian Infantry of Avoca Tasmania, who was killed in action 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...

A02623

A02623A

Cropped portrait of Sergeant (Sgt) Lewis McGee VC 40th Battalion Australian Infantry of Avoca Tasmania, who was killed in action on 13 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...

A02623A

P00735.005

Grave 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...

P00735.005

Timeline

Date of birth 1888-05-13
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1916-03-01 40th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1916-07-01
Date promoted 1916-12 Appointed to Lance Corporal.
Date promoted 1916-12-04 Promoted to Corporal.
Date promoted 1917-01-12 Promoted to Sergeant.
Date of honour or award 1917-10-04 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Ypres, France whilst serving with 40 Battalion, 10 Brigade, 3 Division as a Sergeant
Date of death 1917-10-12 Killed in the action in Ypres, Belgium. He is buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-10-21
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918