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Thomas Matthew WHELAN

Regimental number1999
Place of birthGawler South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressLord Palmerston Hotel, Main Street, Kapunda, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Whelan, Railway Station, Gawler, South Australia
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Morea on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'This N.C.O. has rendered invaluable service both in the line and out of it. He has performed continuously, the duties of Battalion Orderly Room Clerk in a highly efficient manner. Frequently in the line he has had to contend with adverse and difficult conditions, but his indomitable spirit and cheerfulness have at all times proved invincible. During the preparations for the successful action near MORLANCOURT on June 10th 1918, and during the operation itself, his assistance was invaluable, while his efforts in connection with the recent operations near WARFUSEE-ABANCOURT, East of AMIENS, on the 8th, 9th and 11th August 1918 have beyond all praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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