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Clarence Thomas FLEMING

Regimental number829
Place of birthPrattah Tasmania
AddressGreat Lake, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Thomas Edgar Fleming, Great Lake, Tasmania
Enlistment date18 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 23 July 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Kent Fitch

Military Medal

'On the night 16th/17th July, 1917, near MESSINES, the dump, at which his platoon was engaged leading pack mules, came under very heavy enemy shell fire, with the result that an Officer and a number of men became casualties. Lance Corporal FLEMING was blown some distance by a shell, and was badly shaken. With a total disregard for danger this N.C.O. returned to the shelled area, and rendered assistance to wounded men. Whilst engaged in carrying a badly wounded comrade out of the shelled area he himself was wounded but persisted in carrying on his work of rescue. It was not until all the party had been successfully removed that he sought medical aid. The gallant conduct and personal heroism of this N.C.O. no doubt saved the lives of others of the party.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 August 1962
Age at death69
Place of burialSt Luke's Anglican Cemetery, Campbell Town, Tasmania

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