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Thomas Gerard GILLEN

Regimental number6815
Place of birthClare, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrocer
AddressClare, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.4
Height5' 1.25"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinFather, T P Gillen, Clare, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Cadets. Previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of height.
Enlistment date21 April 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 April 1917
Place of enlistmentClare, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Discharge date18 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 30 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 April 1918; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 6 April 1918.

Reported missing in action, 3 May 1918.

Now, 4 June 1918, reported prisoner of war in Germany.

Repatriated from Germany,arriving England 28 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nevasa' 18 May 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 15 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 18 May 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Gerhard.
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILLEN Thomas Gerard

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