V.C Hero

Peta Hurley-Hill

Castlemaine, Australia

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This was my Grandmother’s Uncle Ernest James Newland V.C. born 1881 died 1949.Captain Newland was the only soldier born in Geelong to receive the Victoria Cross.He was awarded it for outstanding bravery on France’s Western front in 1917,when he led his men,under heavy fire to successfully repel 5 enemy attacks.Captain Newland was badly wounded later that year when the enemy attacked with flame throwers.On July 21,1917 King George V presented the Captain with the V.C for “conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty”.After the war he continued to serve in the reguar army and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel before retireing in 1942.You can see hs medal(which he is wearing in the pic)on display at the war museum in Canberra.

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