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Thomas HEATH

Regimental number753
Place of birthDeepwater New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address80 Day Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Marion Heath, 80 Day Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on the BEAUREVOIR Line near ST. QUENTIN on the 3rd October, 1918, one of the gun teams became isolated in a dangerous position. Private HEATH volunteered to take a message to this team, which he did in the face of very heavy machine gun and shell fire. Later int he day his section was in an exposed position, and every man leaving the position was exposed to a heavy machine gun and rifle fire, but Private HEATH carried several messages to the guns and to the rear. He has shown at all times great courage, coolness and initiative under very severe conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Date of death30 October 1969
Place of burialEast Maitland Cemetery

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