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Thomas Bernard SULLIVAN

Regimental number1867
Date of birth--/11/1890
Place of birthNarrogin, Western Australia
SchoolSt. Josephs Convent, Southern Cross, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSouthern Cross, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Taylor, Coolgardie Road, Southern Cross, Western Australia
Enlistment date23 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 18 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 August 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Date of death15 August 1918
Age at death27.9
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialHeath Cemetery, Harbonnieres (Plot VII, Row A, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Sullivan. Inscription on headstone, as requested by Mrs Mary Ann Taylor (mother), Coolgardie Road, Southern Cross, Western Australia: 'Our Tom is sleeping his last long sleep. In a grave we may never see. Some gentle hands in that far distant land may plant a small flower for me. R.I.P.'

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers of his company had become casualties, during a counter attack on strong enemy positions, this N.C.O. organized two platoons under heavy fire, and continued the advance. When the final objective was reached,Corporal Sullivan set about the work of defence and consolidation with great skill and initiative, exposing himself in the execution of his scheme with complete disregard of his own safety. Throughout the operations he displayed great gallantry and ready resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War Service: Egypt, France

Embarked at Fremantle, disembarking Plymouth, England on 9 September 1916. Proceeded to France 28 November 1916. Admitted to hospital, December 1916 (mumps) and again in November, 1917 with influenza (France and England)

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