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Thomas Reginald Eric SHEARER

Regimental number8701
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressMerewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, John Joseph Shearer, Railway Street, Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 8, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'While he was on duty at A.C.S. near Noreuil on the morning of 15th May at 1 a.m. word was brought that some men were lying wounded in a dug-out which had been blown in. Despite an exceptional storm of H.E. and gas shells, this squad of men [SHEARER, 6759 Stanley Harrison WRIGHT, 6703 Kenelon Eustace COLLER] at once went to the assistance of the wounded. They adjusted gas masks, dressed the wounds of the patients and carried them to the A.C.S., a distance of some 200 yards. Throughout the whole of these proceedings they were subjected to an intense barrage. Their courageous conduct undoubtedly saved the patients lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 October 1981

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