Sergeant Lewis McGeePrint Page
A plaque commemorates Victoria Cross recipient, Lewis McGee who was born in Campbell Town in 1888 and worked as a train driver until he enlisted in March 1916.
McGee was shipped to France with the 40th Battalion in 1916. When the 40th Battalion attacked Broodseinde Bridge east of Ypres in October 1917 , they were pinned down by machine guns protected by 10 pillboxes. Sergeant McGee could see that his platoon would suffer heavy casualties from a machine gun which lay 50m ahead on open ground. Single-handedly, armed only with a revolver, he rushed the post shooting some of the enemy and capturing the rest. This action allowed the Australians to advance.
Sergeant McGee was killed eight days later after this action. He is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery near Passchendaele .
|Address:||Bridge & Church Streets, Cenotaph, Ross, 7209|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -42.031072|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1919|
SGT. LEWIS MCGEE
40TH AUST INF BN, A.I.F.
BORN : 1888
AWARDED VC: 4TH. OCTOBER 1917
AT EAST OF YPRES , BELGIUM