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Thomas Alfred CORBETT

Regimental number4389
Place of birthPaddington New South Wales
AddressGeorge Street, Mortdale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs S L Corbett, George Street, Mortdale, New South Wales
Enlistment date25 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialWoronora Cemetery, New South Wales
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He brought his machine gun team to the objective, and, when in position he was wounded. Later, when visiting all his guns, and though buried by a shell, he carried on until ordered away. Owing to casualties in his gun team, he crawled back and remained on duty until the battalion was relieved. His courage and coolness went far to keep up the spirits of his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 7587 Pte Benjamin John CORBETT, 4th Bn, returned to Australia, 6 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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