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Thomas John HENDRICK

Regimental number88
Place of birthEllesmere England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressNarrogin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, A Hendrick, High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
Enlistment date2 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia,
30 Officers and 982 Other Ranks embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on 29 June 1915; 12 others embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A36 'Thirty-Six' on 12 July 1916. From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish the latter 12.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of this Battalion near BELLICOURT between 29th September/1st October 1918 Sergeant HENDRICK showed much gallantry, courage and powers of leadership. On the 29th September the Left flank of the Battalion was dangerously exposed through a gap having occurred there. Realising the serious position he took forward two Lewis Gun Teams and opened fire on the advancing enemy. The effect of this action was most marked; the flank being effectively protected and the hostile troops driven back in disorder. This was only one instance of Sergeant HENDRICKS valuable services throughout the operations. At all times his coolness and determination set a fine example to the men under him and the bravery and promptness with which he carried out his duties greatly assisted his Company Commander in the whole of the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Date of death24 May 1971

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