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Thomas WILSON

Regimental number718
Place of birthCockermouth, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Alex Wilson, Tallantire, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
Enlistment date13 March 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On 3 October, 1918, at Beaurevoir, he had charge of two machine guns, and showed great gallantry. After getting his guns into action, he reconnoitred forward under heavy machine gun fire and gained valuable information as to the enemy position. While covering a slight withdrawal of the line, his gun crew became casualties, and he worked single handed until he found a fresh crew.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

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