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Thomas Hector Bruce GOLLAN

Regimental number7501
Place of birthWarwick Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCoal miner
AddressTannymorel, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Gollan, Nundah, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date4 June 1917
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameApril 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number16/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 8 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 17 July 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'On the 20th August 1918, whilst reclaiming a 70' well, a N.C.O. of this unit was overcome by foul air, and fell to the bottom of the well. Sappers 4087 John Charles UNDERWOOD and 7501 Thomas Hector Bruce GOLLAN, being fully aware of the extreme risk they were taking, unhesitatingly entered the foul air and, after great difficulty, brought the unconscious man to the surface. Through the gallantry and untiring efforts of these sappers. Underwood and Gollan, the life of Corporal Starr was saved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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