Lieutenant Worland’s Military Cross

Medal awarded to Lieutenant Edward John Worland, 35th Battalion, AIF “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Curlu, on 29th August, 1918, when in command of an assault platoon. He led his men with great dash, overcoming all opposition, and when his Lewis gunners became casualties he handled the gun himself. He was the first to establish his position on the objective, in the face of heavy machine gun-fire.” A native of Cooma, 1269 Lieutenant Worland enlisted in November 1915. Twice wounded on the Western Front, he died on 30 August 1918 and was buried in the Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Picardie, France. He was 31 years of age.

Lieutenant Worland’s Military Cross is on display in the Bega Pioneers’ Museum.