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Wilfred John THOMAS

Regimental number490
Place of birthBirmingham England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNambour, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Ann Thomas, Nambour, Queensland
Enlistment date6 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 26 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations west and north of BRAY on the morning of the 22nd August, 1918, when Nos 1 and 2 of the gun crew were killed and the Gun Commander wounded, this soldier left a place of safety, too charge of the gun, and carried on until the completion of the task. He then assisted the Gun Commander through a heavy enemy fire, to reach the Aid Post. He at once returned to his gun, carried up fresh supplies and ammunition, etc. under heavy fire, thereby setting a fine example of initiative, pluck, and endurance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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