William James THOMAS

Regimental number2486
Place of birthMount Bishop Tasmania
AddressPortland, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jemima Myrtle Lillian Ruth Thomas, Portland Ham Shop, Port Road, South Australia
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Base Reception Camp
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty near VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 3rd May, 1918. With great determination Private THOMAS got through to his objective with his Lewis gun doing great execution with it. When his party had to withdraw and the enemy counter attacked he held them up completely causing heavy casualties and allowing his own party to withdraw safely. His coolness and courage at a critical time were magnificent and undoubtedly saved the lives of his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal