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Stanley Ebenezer THOMS

Regimental number5773
Place of birthElsternwick Victoria
Address2 Regent Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinSister, Miss J Thoms, 2 Regent Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Enlistment date19 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During operations at ST. MARTIN'S WOOD near FOUCAUCOURT on the 23rd August, 1918, Private THOMS performed the duties of linesman. The line to front line Companies being continuously cut, this soldier did most valuable work under heavy enemy shelling in keeping the lines repaired. He was always at his post and though suffering with his eyes from the effect of mustard gas bombardment he refused to leave his post owing to the shortage of linesmen.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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