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Thomas LIGHT

Regimental number1183
Place of birthBarnstaple England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
AddressParsley Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMrs Elizabeth Norman, 29 Braunton Street, Barnstaple, England
Enlistment date19 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3, Section 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Westhoek Ridge on 20 September 1917.'
Recommendation date: 23 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. with Sapper LIGHT, reconnoitred the route for the buried cable forward, from WESTHOEK RIDGE to ALBERT REDOUBT, on the 20th September, 1917 with the first wave of the attacking Infantry. Later he supervised the burying of the cable, and by his fine work and example, forced the work along at an extraordinary rate, giving a sure and safe means of communications forward. He exhibited a fine disregard of personal danger, and coolness under very heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death19 October 1953
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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