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Thomas Joseph CHEGWYN

Regimental number18435
Place of birthEaling England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressPine Road, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Chegwyn, Pine Road, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Battery 25
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 31st August 1918, near CLERY, the 25th Battery was heavily shelled by a 5.9" Howitzer whilst firing a barrage. Although in the centre of the shelled area, Sergeant CHEGWYN kept his gun in action until a shell exploding at the gun, killed two of his detachment and wounded a third. This Non Commissioned Officer continued his task until another shell passing through the Ammunition Wagon close by, put his gun out of action. He then obtained stretchers and gave valuable assistance in removing the wounded men out of danger. His splendid coolness was a fine example to all around him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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