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Medals of the Month - November 2020

Medals awarded to George Patrick Rauchle. L-R: (1) The Egypt Medal 1882-89 with clasp "Suakin 1885", (2) The Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps "South Africa 1901", "Transvaal", "Orange Free State" and "Cape Colony", (3) The British War Medal 1914-20, (4) The Coronation Medal 1953, (5) The Colonial Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (EVII), (6) The Khedive's Star 1882-91, and (7) The Lord Mayor of Sydney's Sudan Medal 1885.

1200 Warrant Officer George Patrick Rauchle (right) with his son 4139 Lance Corporal Frederick Norman Rauchle who was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre during the First World War.

1866. George Patrick Rauchle was born on 11th October at Emu Plains, NSW where his father worked on the construction of the still existing Victoria Bridge across the Nepean River. His father was Auguste Friedrich Rauchle, a German immigrant and his mother was Honor Ann Rauchle (nee O'Halloran) from Ireland.

The family moved to Orange, NSW when George was two years old and he resided in the Orange district for the remainder of his life.

1880-1885. Apprenticed as saddler. Afterwards worked for a coachbuilder then a blacksmith.

1885. Enlisted on 30th January at Victoria Barracks Sydney as a driver in the New South Wales Artillery and embarked on 3rd March as part of the infantry and artillery contingent for the Sudan. The contingent from New South Wales was mainly involved in building the railway from Suakin to Khartoum before returning to Sydney on 19 June.

1899. As a sergeant in the New South Wales permanent artillery, embarked on 3rd March for service in South Africa in the conflict that became known as the Second Boer War 1899-1902.

1914. Enlisted on 2nd November at the age of 48 years with the rank of sergeant in the 3rd Battalion, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) at Liverpool, NSW. Embarked for war service in German New Guinea on 28th November.

1915. Promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2 on 9th May "whilst doing duty as Master Gunner". Embarked at Rabaul, New Guinea for return to Australia. Struck off the strength of the battalion on 7th December and was discharged from the AN&MEF on 31st December.

c.1931-1948. Worked for Orange Municipal Council as caretaker of Wade Park. Was also an active member of the part-time local Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC) in 1940-1941.

1953. Was awarded the Coronation Medal to commemorate the ascension to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June.

1963. George Patrick Rauchle died on 18th January, aged 96 and was interred in Orange Cemetery (Church of England Section A, Grave 142). 'E' Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal New south Wales Regiment provided a military escort for his funeral.

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