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Humphrey THOMAS

Regimental number3480
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFireman
Address196 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Thomas, 196 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of varicose veins)
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For 36 hours during the operations near GLENCORSE WOOD east of YPRES on the 20th and 21st September 1917, Pte. THOMAS continually carried messages from his platoon strong post to Company Headquarters over a shell swept area. His personal bravery and devotion to duty were of the highest order and were largely responsible for the maintainance of communication with Battalion Headquarters.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Wounded in action, 10 August 1918 (gun shot wound, left leg; leg amputated).

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Kanowna', 5 January 1919; discharged, Melbourne (no details recorded on file).

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 August 1959
Place of burialSpringvale Botanical Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, THOMAS Humphrey

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