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Regimental number5076
Place of birthCo Tyrone, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPearsons Hotel, Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 9.75"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Dawson, Clones, Co Monaghan, Ireland
Enlistment date11 January 1916
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date21 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Port Said, 5 May 1916. Transferred to 49th Bn, 20 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 14 June 1916; taken on strength, 49th Bn, 13 August 1916.

Admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 25 November 1916 (ICT left hand); transferred to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 27 November 1916. Found guilty, Rouen, 19 December 1916, of improper conduct, viz. Attempting to obtain leave under false pretences: awarded 14 days' confined to camp. Rejoined unit, 2 April 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 April 1917 (feet); rejoined unit, 21 April 1917.

On leave to England; admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 1 August 1917 (influenza); discharged, 24 August, for balance of leave; to report to No. 4 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 25 September 1917. Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Perham Downs, 25 September 1917; to No. 1 Command Depot, 5 October 1917; to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 5 November 1917; to No. 2 command Depot, Weymouth, 5 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'A34', 21 December 1917; discharged, 21 March 1918 (chronic bronchitis, age).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 October 1965
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAWSON Thomas

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