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Thomas George PURDUE

Regimental number121
Place of birthBowen Down Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressArtillery Barracks, Queenscliff, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, T Purdue, Neerim Junction, Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceRoyal Australian Garrison Artillery
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameSiege Artillery Brigade
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an action when all communications had been cut by enemy shelling he endeavoured to re-establish them under heavy fire. As no telephone wire could be maintained, he acted as runner between the battery and Group Headquarters, and when the others who were with him were wounded, he continued at this duty unaided for twenty four hours. He set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 60748 Pte Joseph PURDUE, 7th Bn, discharged, 10 June 1919.

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