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Thomas DUNCOMBE

Regimental number3068
Place of birthMaryborough, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBaker
AddressManners Grove, Maryborough, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Isabel Duncombe, Manners Grove, Maryborough, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 2 August 1916

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 6 October 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

during the attack on Herbville Wood on 23 August 1918. He brought his platoon forward to reinforce under heavy fire of all sorts with ery few casualties. Later, he went forward and sniped two machine gunners who were firing from the entrance to a dug out. He then threw two bombs into the dug out, which brought up twenty three men, including an officer, who, finding he was alone, attempted to retaliate, but he promptly shot him, and controlled the others until his men came up.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date24 January 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Pakeha', 6 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 November 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 24 January 1920.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 November 1931
Place of burialKerang Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUNCOMBE Thomas

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