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Thomas SIMPSON

Regimental number534
Place of birthWest Hartlepool, Co. Durham, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
AddressNewcastle Street, Stockholm, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWilliam Simpson, 23 York Street, West Hartlepool, England
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1886
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This man has for many months been a battalion scout, and his fearless courage and ability have enabled him to bring in the most valuable information on many occasions. His example has had a marked effect on the efficiency of the scouts of the battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Discharge date19 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded in action (slight), Gallipoli, 5 June 1915; rejoined Bn, 6 June 1915.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1915 (bullet wound, right hand); admitted to No. 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 10 August 1915; transferred to No. 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 1 September 1915; discharged to Duty Base, 3 September 1915.

Embarked from Suez on board 'Beltana' for return to Australia, 17 September 1915; discharged in Sydney, 5 January 1916.

Re-enlisted in the AIF, 28 February 1916, as Private, No. 1886. Embarked from Sydney in 6th Reinforcement, 34th Bn, on board HMAT A15 'Port Sydney', 4 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 29 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 December 1916; taken on strength, 34th Bn, 18 January 1917.

Wounded in action, 12 October 1917 (gun shot wound, back); admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 18 October 1917; rejoined unit, 3 November 1917. On leave to England, 26 November 1917; rejoined unit, 14 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 14 July 1918 (gun shot wound, arm); transferred to England, 1 August 1918, and admitted to Edmonton Military Hospital, 2 August 1918. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 August 1918. Discharged to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 20 October 1918; disembarked Sydney, 19 December 1918; discharged, 19 July 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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