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Thomas William FORD

Regimental number654
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationRockchopper
Address20 Belmore Street, Rozelle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Thomas Ford, 20 Belmore Street, Rozelle, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations of 26th, 27th, and 28th August 1918, which resulted in the capture of FOUCAUCOURT, and the advancing of our line beyond ESTREES. During the attack on the village, the Platoon to which Corporal FORD belonged was being heavily fired on by two machine guns. This N.C.O., with two men, crept forward and rushed the guns, which were still in action, killed the two gunners, and brought back two other prisoners. This act very materially assisted in reducing the opposition to the advance of his Platoon. The daring and dash displayed by this N.C.O. was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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