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Edward THOMAS

Date of birth11 June 1888
ReligionMethodist
OccupationWoolclasser
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, H Thomas, 41 Clarence Street, Geelong West, Victoria
Enlistment date12 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name29th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
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Lieutenant


Unit: 29th Battalion
Promotion date: 25 November 1916

FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership. Having taken command of the company at very short notice, he led his men with great ability in an attack, and captured the first and second lines of enemy trenches in spite of determined resistance and hand-to-hand bayonet fighting. On reaching the objective, he personally led a patrol forward and drove away the enemy who were harrassing the work of consolidation. His calm and cheerful demeanour had a great effect on his men, who had, suffered heavy casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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