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Thomas RIDLEY

Regimental number989
Place of birthNew Lambton New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
AddressJohn Street, Abermain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ridley, John Street, Abermain, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialSt. Sever Cemetery (Officers Section, Plot C, Row 2, Grave no. 6), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
83
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Mary RIDLEY, Abermain, New South Wales
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was in charge of a platoon of the support company during an attack by the enemy. He led his platoon against a strong party, capturing forty five prisoners and two machine guns. He then retook the part of our trenches which the enemy had penetrated. These two successful counter attacks were the outcome of his initiative and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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