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Thomas Darling HENRY

Regimental number3493
Place of birthBeverley Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPost and telegraph
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, T Henry Norseman, Western Australia
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations from 23rd to 27th September, 1917, on the POLYGON WOOD front, this N.C.O. was in charge of one of the line parties of the Brigade Forward Station. On the morning of the 26th September, under a very heavy enemy barrage, he personally took charge of the line party, and throughout the day under very adverse conditions, tried to maintain communication with Battalions, he went forward to the first objective, and under a heavy enemy barrage, ran a ladder line to the right attacking Battalion. When the barrage was at its height he went out on the line mending breaks. Throughout the operation he showed a complete contempt for danger in the execution of his duty. He set a fine example to the men under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

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