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Vivian Arthur TOMS

Regimental number520
Place of birthBowen Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMossvale, Bowen, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ellen Toms, Mossvale, Bowen, Queensland
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919

Military Medal

'During operations at MESSINES 7th to 12th June 1917, when the supply of ammunition was very low he searched for and kept up a supply, which he obtained from the dead, despite the fact that the enemy shell fire was extremely violent. During the whole of the operations he displayed great courage and devotion to duty, thus setting an excellent example to others.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'In the operations against the HINDENBURG LINE Est of LE VERGUIER on 18th September 1918. In the advance towards the second objective this N.C.O.'s officer was wounded. he immediately took command of the section and showed great skill and leadership in the way he took his men over the open. By careful use of the ground he kept down casualties, and in the final objective so sited his guns, that they were used with good effect against the enemy. He set a splendid example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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