Wootten, George Frederick

Date of birth:
May 1st, 1893 (Marrickville/New South Wales, Australia)
Date of death:
March 31st, 1970 (Concord/New South Wales, Australia)
Service number:
NX7
Nationality:
Australian (1901-present, Federal Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
3rd Battalion Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1917
Action:
This officer has served continuously throughout the whole period of the campaign in Gallipoli, and later in France, with the 3rd Battalion, A.I.F. He was mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton's despatches in November, 1915, for meritious service from the landing in Gallipoli and for operations up to that period. He was with his Battalion during the evacuation. Later he was appointed Staff Captain to the 8th Brigade, doing consistent good work in that capicity both in Egypt and in France. On the arrival of this Division in England he was appointed G.S.O.S. and rendered valuable service in the organization and training of the Division. During November, 1916, this Officer was appointed Brigade Major of this Brigade. The service he rendered during the final training was particulary deserving of honourable mention. Since the arrival of the Division in France his consistently thorough and energetic work has materially helped towards the efficiency of the Brigade. He has in his capicity as Brigade Major exceptionally good work in the organization of all minor enterprises the Brigade has undertaken. Furthermore, his constant personal supervision has done much towards the improvement of the defences of this Brigade sector.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Major (3rd Battalion, 9th Brigade Howitzer, 5th Australian Divisional Headquarters)
Awarded on:
March 6th, 1918
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier
Unit:
Australian Military Forces
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1941
Action:
For great gallantry and capable leadership at Tobruk in 1941.
Details:
Second DSO received as bar.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier
Unit:
8th Infantry Brigade, Australian Army
Awarded on:
January 11th, 1943
Action:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George F. Wooten, Brigadier, Australian Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in New Guinea, during the Papuan Campaign, 23 July 1942 to 3 January 1943 As Commander, 18th Infantry Brigade, Australian Army, Brigadier Wooten displayed extraordinary courage, marked efficiency and precise execution of operations during the Papuan Campaign.
Details:
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 5
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier
Unit:
Australian Military Forces
Awarded on:
May 29th, 1943
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Action:
For courageous leadership and exceptional servies in Papua.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
Australian Military Forces
Awarded on:
March 8th, 1945
Action:
For gallant and distinguished services in Papua-New Guinea.
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
Chairman of the Repatriation Commission
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1958
Knights/Dames Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (K/DBE)
Efficiency Medal / Territorial Decoration

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