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Thomas James BRENNAN

Regimental number*65
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address5 Watson Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs J M Brennan, 5 Watson Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Field Ambulance, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During the operations on 4th October, 1917 and on the following days this N.C.O. was in charge of the Horse Ambulance Wagons of the Unit, and carried wounded from WESTHOEK RIDGE and BELLEWARDE RIDGE to BIRR CROSS ROADS. He repeatedly, during heavy enemy shelling, took his wagons round the circuit, and got wounded away from the BELLEWARDE STATION under the most difficult, dangerous and at times, well nigh impossible conditions. He worked continuously for 48 hours, organising parties to get horse wagons, which had got off the narrow, slippery sleeper road, on again, and his continuous bravery and resource were largely responsible for absence of blocking in the evacuation of stretcher cases.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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