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William Henry Loftus THOMAS

Regimental number2885
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
OccupationMotor driver
Address'Studleigh', 53 Ocean Beach, Manly, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinMother, Mrs Fanny Thomas, Smythes Road, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date14 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 September 1918

Medaille Militaire

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations on 12th/17th October 1917 this soldier was a Despatch Runner, and throughout terrific bombardments carried out his duties with admirable coolness and determination. Finding his Officer wounded during the battle, he dressed his wounds under heavy fire, and, despite the fact that the officer was again twice wounded on route, persistently supported him until he reached the Dressing Station. But for his gallant action the officer must, without doubt, have lost his life.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Medaille Militaire, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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