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Harold Edward THORLEY

Regimental number4294
Place of birthHillgrove New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressToowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, A Thorley, Myall Street, Dalby, Queensland
Enlistment date25 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For his gallantry and leadership near METEREN on the night of the 23rd/24th April, 1918, during an attack upon the hostile position. Corporal THORLEY displayed great initiative in collecting and re-organising the men remaining in his vicinity after most of his section had been either killed or wounded by hostile machine gun and trench mortar fire. Notwithstanding the heavy casualties his party suffered this N.C.O. established a post in the line with the post on his right and within 40 yards of an enemy strong point in which several machine guns were located. The success of the operation in advancing the line in the vicinity where Corporal THORLEY established the post referred to, was in a large measure due to the courage and devotion to duty displayed by this N.C.O.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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