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Thomas Ivor HIGGINS

Regimental number20382
Place of birthSebastopol Vic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressEdward Street, Sebastopol, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, D Higgins, Edward Street, Sebastopol, Victoria
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, AMC
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919

Military Medal

'On 24th September 1917, at HALFWAY HOUSE, near YRES, when told there sere several casualties amongst English Artillery Drivers about half a mile away, there being no stretcher bearers available, these two men [HIGGINS and 21917 R.A. BARRY] took stretchers, dressed a severely wounded man and applied a tourniquet, thereby probably saving the man's life. Collecting two more men, they formed a stretcher party to carry this man back to HALFWAY HOUSE. While doing so the enemy opened a Barrage on HALFWAY HOUSE, but these two men took the stretcher themselves and got the man to the Dressing Station at HALFWAY HOUSE successfully. They then returned through the Barrage and brought in several cases from the 30th Battery. This was done under very heavy hostile shell fire of all calibres from 4.2" to 8", these men displaying an utter disregard for personal danger. The foregoing is only one instance of similar fine work these men have performed during the past few days.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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