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Thomas Edward CUNNINGHAM

Regimental number755
Place of birthPort Chalmers, New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFurnaceman
Address145 Arden Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinIrene Cunningham, St. Vincent de Paul Orphanage, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name6th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 18 June 1916

FateReturned to Australia 13 February 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. who is one of the original men, has all through shown spendid courage, coolness and devotion to duty. He is absolutely fearless and is always conspicuous during a bombardment by his cheerfulness which has a great effect on the men. He accompanies every wiring from his Company and has done particularly good work. No matter how trying the situation this N.C.O. always keeps his men in good spirits, generally starting a rousing song or chorus which is taken up by the whole company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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