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Thomas ADAMS

Regimental number4726
Place of birthHawesdale, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressHawkesdale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 3.75"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M.A. Adams, Hawkesdale, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 September 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery during an enemy attack on our lines near ALBERT on morning of 3rd April, 1918. When the attack on our lines near commenced this N.C.O. lay with his Lewis gun in full view of the enemy, and exposed to machine gun fire and snipers, and inflicted heavy casualties on the right. he then directed his gun towards the centre and kept it going until the attack was broken. he then took up a forward position and waited 14 hours, in case the enemy again attacked. It was a fine example of devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Discharge date24 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Marched into 4th Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 46th Bn, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.

Posted as missing in action, 1 September 1916.

Now, 14 October 1916, reported sick and not missing.

Admitted to No 12 Australian Field Ambulance, 14 October 1916, and transferred to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (haemorrhoids); to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Boulogne, 15 October 1916; discharged to Details, 21 October 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 25 October 1916.

Marched into 3rd Large Rest Camp, Boulogne, 28 October 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 16 November 1916; rejoined 46th Bn, 20 November 1916.

Admitted to No 36 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 November 1916 (sprained left ankle); transferred to No 2 General Hospital, 30 November 1916; No 4 Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 16 December 1916; discharged, 19 December 1916 (Class 'A'); marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 21 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 18 April 1917; rejoined 46th Bn, 19 April 1917.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 31 July 1917.

Promoted to Corporal, 9 August 1918.

On leave, 7 October 1918; rejoined unit, 24 October 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 21 March 1919; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 1 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Napier', 12 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 July 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit), 24 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 December 1965
Age at death72
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAMS Thomas

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