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Wilfred Henry THOMAS

Regimental number5859
Place of birthHammond South Australia
OccupationFarm Labourer
AddressHammond, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M Thomas, Hammond, South Australia
Enlistment date30 March 1916
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

Other details

War service: Western Front

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

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