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Thomas BRETT

Regimental number20771
Place of birthLlandvdno Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTeamster
AddressThe Head, Killarney, via Warwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, J Brett, The Head, Killarney, via Warwick, Queensland
Enlistment date4 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade, 33rd Battery
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'Period 22nd September, 1917, to 24th February, 1918. For consistent cool determination and personal example during operations east of YPRES in September, October and November, 1917. On three occasions when his Battery was being heavily shelled; regardless of danger, Sergeant BRETT, by force of personal example kept his detachment assiduously applied to extinguishing fires and saving material and ammunition. On the last occasion, he fought his gun the only one left in action, under heavy H.E. and gas shelling, until a gas shell casualties the remainder of his detachment. His continued soldierly bearing is of the highest value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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