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William THORN

Regimental number344
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationJeweller
AddressPaulin Hotel, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinBrother, Arthur Thorn, Pavilion Hotel, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'This N.C.O. has carried out the duties of Sergeant Cook since March, 1916 in a highly efficient and reliable manner. During long periods in the forward area under adverse conditions and trying circumstances his work was of the utmost benefit to the Battalion, and it is mainly due to this N.C.O.'s careful supervision and untiring efforts in the feeding of the men that the Battalion's record for few evacuations had stood out well in the Division. He has many times been under heavy hostile shelling and has once been wounded. His zeal, conscientiousness, ability and loyalty are valuable assets to the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 August 1960

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