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Thomas DOYLE

Regimental number2915
Place of birthAttona Bay, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinSister, K. Doyle, 86 Stanley Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date7 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 28/29th July 1918 29th Battalion attacked and captured enemy trench opposite MORLANCOURT. Private DOYLE is a member of a gun crew taking over a Stokes Mortar with which to assist the centre Company. The Corporal in charge of the gun was badly wounded going over, Private DOYLE also being wounded at the same time. Private DOYLE immediately took over command of the gun crew and succeeded in establishing his gun in old German line, where he remained until dawn ready to fore on enemy counter attack. He fired his gun on two occasions when parties of the enemy were observed and succeeded in dispersing and inflicting casualties on same. The promptness in taking over command and devotion to duty under such difficulties are highly commendable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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