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Thomas Ridley McBARRON

Regimental number2480
Place of birthRobertson New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMounted police
AddressRaleigh, Bellinger River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinBrother, Matthew Montgomery McBarron, Raleigh, Bellinger River, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 14 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class I)
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

DistinguishedConduct Medal

'Work near Hargicourt on 18 and 21 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 2 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'In the operations near Hargicourt, on 18-21 September, 1918, after his officer had been killed, he took charge of the platoon and handled it in a very able and determined manner. When enemy resistance was met with in the form of machine gun posts, he led his platoon against these posts, capturing or killing the garrisons, and at the same time setting an excellent example of gallantry and self sacrifice to those under him. He showed marked courage and able leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Family/military connectionsNephew: 27219 Gunner Keith Llewellyn Graham McBARON, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, died of wounds 14 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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