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Thomas Charles Egbert UPTON

Regimental number430
Place of birthWollongong New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTimekeeper, railways
AddressLoloma, Roy Street, Lithgow, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Thomas Nepean Upton, Loloma, Roy Street, Lithgow, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 14, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 September 1919

Military Medal

'During operations near ZONNEBEKE on evening of 12th October, 1917. The Machine Gun Battery to which he belonged was carrying out an S.O.S. barrage and ran short of S.A.A. He showed great enterprise in obtaining further supplies and great courage and devotion to duty in getting it to the Battery through an intense enemy barrage thereby ensuring the S.O.S. barrages being maintained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'In the operations against the HINDENBURG LINE, East of LE VERGUIER, this N.C.O. displayed a fine example of leadership and devotion to duty. during the advance to the final objective his section officer was seriously wounded, he at once assumed command, took his gun and crew forward, carefully selected his positions, and brought effective fire to bear on the enemy. His coolness, cheerfulness, and initiative were a fine example to all his men.'
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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