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Thomas Richard BAWDEN

Regimental number12595
Place of birthKadina, South Australia
Other NamesBAWDON
OccupationGrocer's assistant
Address154 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Bawden, Kadina, South Australia
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 10 December 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at about 5 a.m. on 4th July, 1918, near HAMEL east of CORBIE. Lance Corporal BAWDEN showed conspicuous courage and initiative and resource whilst in charge of a party of bearers, carrying wounded back from the new front line to R.A.P. under heavy shell fire. He worked with his men continuously. When the front line was cleared he carried from R.A.P. to the Loading post all the time showing marked courage and leadership, On the night of 5th July, 1918, he and a comrade went forward to the new front line and attended to an removed some badly wounded men under heavy hostile fire. This was done voluntarily. Altogether he performed magnificent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2926 Sergeant William George BAWDEN, 9th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 August 1964
Place of burialBarmera Cemetery

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