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Thomas Throsby KING

Regimental number1319
Place of birthGuyra, New South Wales
SchoolNorth Sydney Church of England Grammar School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHigh View avenue, Neutral Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, George Hulton Smyth King, High View avenue, Neutral Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A4 Pera on 12 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Immediate)

Recommendation date: 30 April 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDistinguished himself at School in Athletics. Younger son of G.H.S. King, Under Secretary, Chief Secretary's Dept., and subsequently Chairman of the Metropolitan Meat Industry Board, New South Wales. Grandson of the late Canon Hulton Smythe-King, Rector of St Michael's, Surry Hills, Sydney. (details from father, G.H. Smythe-King)
FateKilled in Action 16 September 1918
Place of death or woundingPeronne, France
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialCerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery (Plot I, Row D, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Hulton and Sarah Elizabeth SMYTH-KING, 1 Richmond Terrace, Domain, Sydney

Military Medal

'On 24th April, 1918, north east of CORBIE, Bombardier KING was N.C.O. of the guard when the enemy opened up a very heavy bombardment on and in the vicinity of the 114th A.F.A. Battery position. The noise from bursting shells and from our own guns firing was so terrific, that voice control in the Battery was impossible, and this N.C.O. for upwards of three hours moved continuously from gun to gun and to the control post carrying orders and collecting information. During the whole of the time the position was being heavily bombarded with H.E. and gas shell and he was entirely without cover. His disregard of personal danger and devotion to duty enabled the Battery to keep the whole of its guns in action and to change from one target to another with minimum loss of time under most trying circumstances. his courage and coolness under heavy fire are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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