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William Nicholas Bruhn THOMAS

Regimental number1410
Place of birthSouth Yarra, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrical engineer
AddressBerwick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Marie Thomas, Wilson Street, Berwick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Discharge date7 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 27 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 18 July 1916.

Found guilty, Larkhill, 12 October 1916, of overstaying leave, midnight, 10 October, to noon, 1 October: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 1 March 1917.

Appointed Temporary Lance Sergeant, 16 June 1917; promoted Temporary Sergeant, 26 June 1917.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 September 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to duty, 15 September 1917; rejoined Bn, 16 September 1917.

On leave to England, 24 September 1917; admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while on leave, 5 October 1917; discharged, 26 October 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 22 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 27 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 1 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 31 August 1918 (gun shot wound, jaw, right side), and admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, transferred to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train No 2, and admitted to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 1 September 1918; transferred to England, 2 September 1918, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 3 September 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 October 1918; discharged on furlough, 18 October 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 1 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Delta', 24 January 1919; admitted to ship's hospital, 27 January 1919 (influenza); discharged to duty, 1 February 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 March 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 7 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsThird given name incorrectly recorded on Em,barkation Roll as Brunton; mother's given name incorrectly recorded as Murray.
SourcesNAA: B2455, THOMAS William Nicholas Bruhn

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