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Lewis McGee Plaque
Lewis McGee Plaque
Photographs supplied by Angela Gee, School Executive Officer, Avoca Primary School

A plaque commemorates Sergeant Lewis Mc Gee who was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One.

The 40th Battalion, known as the `Fighting Fortieth`, was raised as a Tasmanian unit, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J. E. C. Lord, to encourage recruitment in that State. The 40th Battalion took part in the battle of Messines in June 1917 after which it joined in the 3rd battle of Ypres.

On 4 October 1917, the battalion was engaged in the attack on Broodseinde Ridge. McGee`s platoon was `suffering severely` from machine-gun fire coming from a German pill-box. Single-handed, McGee rushed the post across open ground armed only with a revolver and, descending upon the garrison, shot some of its crew and captured the rest.

His action enabled the advance to proceed. Afterwards he reorganized the remains of his platoon and was `foremost` in the rest of the advance. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his `coolness and bravery`, but the decoration was posthumous for on 12 October he had been killed in the fighting at Passchendaele.

Location

Address:Esk Highway, Boucher Memorial Park, Avoca, 7231
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.782931
Long: 147.720694
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 19th March, 1984
Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF

SGT. LEWIS MCGEE V.C

Enlisted  from Avoca

March 1916 World War 1

Avoca Fingal Sub Branch

R.S.L.A  19.3.1984

Source: MA,ADB
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