honor role

Prendergast, George Luke

** 5181 DCM Sgt.  5th and 59th Bn.

Born at Ballarat, Victoria, CoE.  Enlisted 10 September 1915 age 34, school teacher. Nok wife, Mary Fisher Prendergast, Canterbury St, Oakleigh, Victoria. Embarked at Melbourne 1 April 1916 per A23 Suffolk.  Served in Egypt and France. Wounded in action three times the first on 24 March, second on 26 September 1917 and the third occasion on 4 July 1918. Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal on 31 October 1917. RTA 2 January 1919 per Karmala. Service medals: BMW and VM. Cottesloe and district Honour Rolls. The citation for his Distinguished Conduct Medals is: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of a reserve platoon, and, when the line in front had advanced, he saw an enemy machine gun post open a heavy fire. He rushed the post and captured seventeen prisoners, and three machine guns. His work throughout the operations was of the highest standard and he set a fine example to his men by his coolness and contempt of danger under heavy fire.’ Extract from London Gazette supp no. 30512 of 5 February 1918.