Lieut Gilbert Ernest CORY, ,Military Cross,D.C.M

Male 1906 - 1977  (70 years)


Personal Information

  • Name Gilbert Ernest CORY 
    Prefix Lieut 
    Suffix ,Military Cross,D.C.M 
    Born 23 Dec 1906  Saumarez, Armidale, NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Sep 1977  South West Rocks, NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In early 1939 a friend who had lent him money abruptly asked for repayment in full. Unable to comply, Gilbert was issued with a bankruptcy notice. Without disclosing his financial affairs, he obtained a loan from a client of his employers. Rather than defending his conduct in court,Gilbert moved to Canberra and adopted the alias 'Graham'.


      He later enlisted in the AIF( 2nd/3rd Battalion ), earning a Military Cross .In September 1942 he went with his unit to Papua. On 28 October at Eora Creek he led No.14 Platoon in an assault against a strongly-defended Japanese position. When the platoon lost most of its non-commissioned officers, Cory moved between sections and directed operations. Although shot in the face and temporarily blinded, he continued to take charge until he was evacuated. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, he was promoted lieutenant on 1 February 1943. His wound required extensive plastic surgery in Australia and it was not until July that he rejoined the battalion at Wondecla, Queensland. By January 1945 he was involved in the fighting east of Aitape, on the north coast of New Guinea. At Long Ridge on 1 February Cory commanded two platoons in a daring raid on a Japanese camp; the attack disorganized the enemy and inflicted heavy casualties. For his deeds he was awarded the Military Cross.

      Ref:Australian Dictionary of Biography
    Person ID I21378  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2018 

    Father Frederick Ernest CORY, (Hingston),   b. 1866, Vacy, New South Wales , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1930, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Blanche HICKS,   b. 1867, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1934, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 1897  Stroud, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8003  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Helen Louie Annie VAUGHAN,   b. 1906, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 17 Feb 1931  St Thomas's Anglican Church, North Sydney, NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Abt 1939 
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F8132  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Florence Alvin Joy PUGH, ,daughter of James and Annie Pugh,of Kempsey,NSW,   b. 1901, Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1989, South West Rocks, NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 16 Sep 1950  Concord West, NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F8131  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart




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