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Thomas William DRISCOLL

Regimental number1904
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFisherman
AddressBlack Rock, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Driscoll, Smeed Street, Black Rock, Victoria
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1904A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 4 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1917, near ZONNEBEKE a shell buried a number of men; Lance Corporal DRISCOLL immediately organised a party to dig them out. Twice he and his party were covered with debris resulting from the continuous shelling, but succeeded in getting them out and saving the lives of two men. During the whole of the time in the line the route to the R.A.P. was heavily shelled day and night but by his organisation and example all the wounded were evacuated without delay although four of his detachment were wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the morning of April 3rd during an enemy attack on our positions near ALBERT. Private Driscoll, who is a stretcher bearer showed great devotion to duty by carrying in wounded men from the top of the Railway Embankment, and binding up their wounds. He made at least six trips to bring in wounded men, regardless of his own danger, and despite the fact that he was exposed to heavy frontal and enfilade machine gun fire. He continued working until late in the afternoon assisting to carry wounded to the R.A.P. His work is a striking example of devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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