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Regimental number16
Place of birthWarrington, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address2 East View, Morcombe Street, Maylands, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinFather, A.W. Massey, Allen Street, Warrington, Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceRoyal Marine Light Infantry
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 18 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For marked gallantry and good work. Near Jeancourt, north west of St. Quentin, on 13 September, 1918, during a strong hostile counter attack, he took a Lewis gun out of the trench and moved forward alone under heavy machine gun and shell fire to an exposed position in the open, from which he could enfilade the counter attacking enemy, on whom he inflicted heavy casualties. He was of tremendous assistance in repulsing the counter-attack. On the same day he undertook a patrol in face of heavy machine gun fire, and established touch with a flank position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Discharge date31 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 March 1915.

Embarked Alexandria, 23 September 1915; taken on strength of 10th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916, of while on active service, overstaying leave from 2200 hours, 14 January 1916, until 2100 hours, 18 January 1916: award, deprived of 8 days' pay, and forfeits 5 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 15 February 1916 (venereal disease: syphilis); discharged, 28 February 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 14 days.

Rejoined 10th Bn from hospital, Serapeum, 23 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 50th Bn, Serapeum, 2 April 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 1 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 25 June 1916, and admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance the same day (contusion, gunshot wound, right shoulder and left forearm); transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, 26 June 1916; to No 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Outrean, 28 June 1916 (gunshot wound, left shoulder and right forearm); to England, 30 June 1916; to County of London War Hospital, 2 September 1916; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 21 September 1916 (Class B1A).

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, 13 October 1916.

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 29 November 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 70th Bn, 23 March 1917.

On Command at School of Instruction for Lewis Gunners, Tidworth, 24 June 1917; rejoined 70th Bn, Windmill Hill, 30 June 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Bde for duty as a instructor, 31 August 1917; marched into Overseas Training Bde, Perham Downs, 1 September 1917.

Promoted Lance Sergeant, 6 September 1917.

Transferred to 50th Bn, 19 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 24 November 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 27 November 1917; taken on strength of 50th Bn, 29 November 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 13 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Taranto, Italy, on board HT 'Port Sydney', 13 September 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 2 December 1918; discharged Adelaide (termination of period of enlistment), 31 January 1919.

Total war service: 4 years 166 days (of which 4 years 44 days were abroad).

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 March 1925
Age at death35
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 7 East, Grave No. 14), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, MASSEY Thomas

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