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Regimental number2001
Place of birthCookardinia New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHenty, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Samuel Tonks, Henty, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 28 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialHem Farm Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 16), Hem-Monacu, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Samuel and Eliza TONKS, Hay Street, Henty, New South Wales

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of the SOMME, east of HAMEL on 8th August, 1918. Sergeant TONKS with the Scout Officer and one Scout went forward to get information of the progress of the attack, the fog being intensely thick and information not complete owing to runners getting lost. Suddenly a machine gun opened fire at about 20 yards; Sergeant TONKS without hesitation rushed the gun, at the same time calling out orders to deceive the enemy. He shot the gunner and secured 25 prisoners in the position. This N.C.O. was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in a raid opposite WARNETON in March, 1918.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 89
Date: 21 October 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

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

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