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Thomas John SHARPE

Regimental number2743
Place of birthBraidwood New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBraidwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, William Robert Sharpe, Braidwood, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer during an attack on the Hindenburg Line North of BELLICOURT on 30th September 1918. When Private SHARPE's Company went forward to attack an enemy strong position which was holding up the advance, the attacking troops came under very heavy Machine Gun and rifle fire. Considerably reduced by casualties, the Company was compelled to withdraw about 100 yards. Amongst the wounded left out in front was this soldier's Company Commander who had received serious wounds in the legs. Private SHARPE, jumping out of a trench, went to the assistance of the unfortunate officer, moving forward under a hail of bullets, and, after carefully dressing the wounds, carried him back to our lines. But for this stretcher bearer's prompt and gallant action the officer may have fallen into enemy hands.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 October 1924
Place of burialBraidwood Cemetery

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