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Wilfred Henry THOMAS

Regimental number5859
Place of birthHammond South Australia
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressHammond, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.2
Height5' 4"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M Thomas, Hammond, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 March 1916
Place of enlistmentOrroroo, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of a post, he defeated a determined enemy attack. Later, when the officers and other N.C.O.'s became casualties, he took charge of the platoon, handling it with great skill and maintaining touch between the posts. He was the last to leave, carrying a wounded man.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date29 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Beltana', 2 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 29 August 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 May 1981

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