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Thomas Watt JOHNSTONE

Regimental number847
Date of birth--/08/1889
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationClerk and woodworker
Address32 Council Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs B Johnstone, 32 Council Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 27 September 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 24 February 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work near Rosieres on 9 August 1918 and at Lihons on 11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and initiative, as battalion intelligence officer, during the attack north of Rosiers, on 9th August 1918. He reconnoitred under heavy fire, maintaining direction and establishing liaison with flanking units. When the line was held up he went forward and located machine guns that were checking our advance, and then returned and assisted in mopping them up. During the attack on Lihons, on 11th August, he led several storming parties onto the enemy pockets, and later, by the information he gained, was of great assistance to his Commanding Officer in the successful repulse of a counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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