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Lovell THORNBY

Regimental number1943
Place of birthAshford England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmers apprentice
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Thornby, The Nest, West Somerset Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Enlistment date22 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 20 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Is strongly recommended for distinction for the work done by him during the operations 28th/30th August, 1916. He acted as a runner between advanced Brigade Headquarters and the Quarry, and between the Quarry and the Companies detailed for the assault. In the execution of his duties he had repeatedly to go through heavy enemy barrages and heavy machine gun fire. He patrolled No Man's Land between points 54 and 81 after the assault on the first named place had failed. This was a very hazardous undertaking requiring great courage, for which he volunteered. Near MOUQUET FARM.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

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