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Tom Robinson LYDSTER

Regimental number3060
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNorthcote, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Tom Lydster, 83 Hawthorn Road, Northcote Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 16 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "14 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917"

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 11th April 1917 near BULLECOURT Lance Corporal LYDSTER successfully mounted his gun in our second objective, during a heavy bombing attack by enemy, and while rifle fire was sweeping this parapet, stood by his gun and kept a vigilant watch until ordered to retire. He then carried his gun to our rear line and prepared to resist if that line should be tenable. On this becoming impossible he displayed presence of mind in putting his gun out of action before abandoning it.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'This N.C.O. displayed conspicuous gallantry and skill in the attack on the 26th September, 1917, near ZONNEBEKE. While in charge of a machine gun in the front line during an enemy counter attack he inflicted heavy losses on enemy who were being brought up by motor busses. While in charge of a strong post consisting of one Vickers and one Lewis gun 25 yards in front of the front line, the position was blown in, all his own gun crew being wounded and of the Lewis gun crew one being killed and one wounded. Sergeant LYDSTER immediately manned his Vickers gun and sent to the Infantry Commander for another crew for the Lewis gun and commenced firing on enemy who were seen approaching 200 yards away under a heavy artillery barrage. It was largely due to this N.C.O.'s coolness and bravery that the enemy's counter attack in this particular sector was frustrated.'

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

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