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Hector THOMSON

Regimental number482
Place of birthSale Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStation hand
AddressOrmonde, Clydebank, Sale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Thomson, Ormonde, Clydebank, Sale, Victoria
Enlistment date20 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 15 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29845 (1 December 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 (19 April 1919)

FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For distinguished gallantry. On 9th August, 1916, at BIR-EL-ABD, in company with Captain D.D. Jamieson, and Driver Crawford and Private Davis, went with a sandcart to the left flank. Leaving the nearer wounded, they passed through the line which was rapidly retiring, reached two wounded men in front. Under heavy rifle and shell fire, loaded them into cart with great difficulty as bursting shells were frightening the horses and causing them to plunge. Captain Jamieson, having searched in front to make sure there were no more, the party returned, with their harness in a tangled condition, picking up three other wounded on the way back.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 January 1958
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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