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Thomas James McMILLAN

Regimental number3532
Place of birthClifton Hill Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, J McMillan, Tate Street, West Leederville, Western Australia
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 2 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of 29th/30th August, 1916, during the attack on MOUQUET FARM, all the Officers with B Company became casualties. This man took charge of a body of men, organised them into a fighting unit, and remained at MOUQUET FARM until overwhelming numbers, and absence of further supplies of bombs rendered his staying these longer impossible. All the rifles were out of use on account of being clogged with mud. He brought his men back to the firing line steadily and without panic.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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