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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 15/12/1908 Day Dawn, Western Australia. d. 22/07/1942 El Alamein, Egypt.

 

He was 33 years old, and a private in the 2/48th Battalion (South Australia), Australian Imperial Force during the Second World War when he was awarded the VC (posthumously) for the following deed.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 22 July 1942 at Tel-el-Eisa, Egypt, during the First Battle of El Alamein, intense machine-gun fire held up the company to which Private Gurney belonged and inflicted heavy casualties on it, including killing or wounding all the officers. Private Gurney, realizing the seriousness of the situation, charged the nearest machine-gun post, silencing the guns and bayoneting three of the crew. He bayoneted two more at a second post before a grenade knocked him down. Picking himself up, he charged a third post and disappeared from view. Later, his comrades, whose advance he had made possible, found his body.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA.

BURIAL PLACE: EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, EL ALAMEIN, EGYPT.

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Arthur Stanley "Stan" Gurney VC

Stan Gurney's medals including VC courtesy of Memorials to Valour

El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

PLOT XVI, ROW H, GRAVE 21

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Day Dawn, Western Australia Memorial Park

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Lake George North Rest Area, New South Wales

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11th September 1942

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Gary Richardson