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Thomas Allan PORTER

Regimental number3927
Place of birthSunbury Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPhotographer
Address39 Grosvenor Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs N Porter, 39 Grosvenor Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 22 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3927A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During a counter-attack by his Battalion on strong enemy positions South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on night 24th/25th April 1918 this man, who is a Company Runner, repeatedly carried important messages under heavy machine gun and rifle fire to Battalion Headquarters and flank units. He rendered valuable services in keeping touch with the units on the flanks of his Company during the advance, thereby maintaining complete liaison. His coolness under heavy fire and his ever cheerful manner did much to inspire all with whom he came in contact.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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