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Thomas Edward PERRY

Regimental number520
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
AddressQueenstown, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs Q E Perry, Victoria Street, Sebastopol, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military service70th Infantry
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 4, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/9/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919

Military Medal

'For coolness and initiative during the operations against the HINDENBURG LINE on 18th September 1918. Corporal PERRY was in charge of a Vickers Machine Gun which was supporting the 13th Battalion. As the team was leaving the tape, a shell killed the packhorse and wounded two of the gun team. He immediately re-organised his team, and carrying all gear possible, continued the advance, caught up to the infantry at the halt line and brought his gun into action. After leaving the halt line two more of the team were wounded. He immediately applied for, and obtained some men from the infantry and reached the second objective in spite of very heavy machine gun fire, and opened fire to cover the infantry advance to the final objective. The coolness and initiative displayed by this N.C.O. was a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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