Alexander Robert David THOMPSON

Regimental number2247
Place of birthJindabyne New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCobbin, Jindabyne, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, James John Thompson, Cobbin, Jindabyne, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 June 1918
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Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the enemy attack on front line facing QUEANT on 15th May 1917, Private Thompson, whilst acting as a stretcher bearer, showed great courage and devotion to duty. Although under direct enemy observation, he carried out his duties continuously for 17 hours without rest, and in a manner worthy of the highest commendation. Although an untrained stretcher bearer, he, together with the rest of the bearing party, saved by first aid the lives of seriously wounded men. The Commanding Officer of the 54th Battalion wrote an appreciative letter for the help given, and specially mentioned the stretcher bearing party for their good work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 March 1973