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Thomas James RICHARDS

Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 August 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of a bombing party, and despite strenuous opposition succeeded in extending the line 250 yards and holding a strong post. He set a splendid example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 24 May 1915.

Awarded special mention in Divisional Orders for acts of gallantry of valuable service during the period from 6th May 1915 to 28th June 1915, 13 July 1915.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, Mudros, 14 August 1915; transferred to 25th Casualty Clearing Station, 15 August 1915; to HS 'Scotia', 16 August 1915, and admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Cairo. Transferred to Mena House, 30 August 1915; to British Red Cross Hospital, Montazah, 1 September 1915; discharged to Base, 9 October 1915.

Embarked for Gallipoli, 3 November 1915; attached to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 9 November 1915; rejoined 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, Sarpi Camp, Mudros, 14 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 19 July 12916 (lumbago); transferred to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 July 1916; to 13th Field Ambulance, 21 July 1916; discharged to unit, 28 July 1916.

Promoted Corporal (Wagon Orderly), 5 August 1916.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant in 1st Bn, 25 November 1916; taken on strength, 1st Bn, in the field, 2 December 1916.

Detached to Division School of Instruction, 3 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 3 April 1917.

On Command, 1st Division School, 12 May 1917.

Accidentally wounded, 1st Division School, 15 May 1917 (bomb explosion, shrapnel wound back and shoulder: officer held to be in no way to blame); admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 15 May 1917, and transferred same day to 9th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 9, 17 May 1917, and admitted to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 18 May 1917; transferred to England, 23 May 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 24 May 1917.

Promoted Lieutenant, 5 June 1917.

Transferred to Cobham Hall, 25 June 1917; discharged to No 1 command Depot, Perham Downs, 9 August 1917.

Awarded Military Cross.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 28 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 17 September 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm), and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance and thence to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 19 September 1917; to England, 21 September 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 21 September 1917; discharged to Overseas Training Brigade, 14 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 8 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board SS 'Malta', 31 July 1918; disembarked Cape Town, South Africa, 29 August 1918; granted leave without pay (personal business reasons) from 30 August 1918; was due to re-embark on HT 'Arawa', but departure delayed becauser of the influenza epidemic
Date of death24 September 1935

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