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Thomas James WATKINS

Regimental number2753
Place of birthCampbell Town Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMrs James Woodland, Lower Turners Marsh, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Address unknown
Enlistment date25 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 21 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 June 1918

Military Medal

'Is recommended for his gallantry during a strong enemy raid near HOLLEBEKE on 24th February 1918. The enemy succeeded in driving in one of our posts and Sergeant Watkins rallied his men and led them forward through a heavy grenade barrage and re-captured the post. That the enemy's object was defeated and the raiders driven off was solely due to this N.C.O.'s ready resource and initiative. His action was well worthy of recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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