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Thomas Alfred Jack PLAYFAIR

Date of birth13 October 1890
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolSydney Church of England Grammar School
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Kioto', Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinE J B Playfair, 'Kioto', Waverley, New South Wales
Previous military service10th Battery, AFA.
Enlistment date14 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Artillery


Unit: Staff 4th Division Artillery
Promotion date: 9 May 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 1 June 1917

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Recommendation date: 3 June 1919

Brevet Major

Recommendation date: 1 October 1918

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: "3 July 1915 and 24 September 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
Recommendation date: 11 July 1919

FateReturned to Australia 21 May 1919

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Son of Edmund John Bailey Playfair and Edith Miriam Creer.

Returned to Australia due to shrapnel wounds in August 1915. Promoted to Captain and posted to the 26th Battery, Field Artillery Brigade in April 1916. Embarked at Sydney per HMAT A8 'Argyllshire' on 11 May 1916.

Date of death9 August 1966
Age at death75

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