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Thomas MAGEE

Regimental number1444
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
Other NamesJames Thomas
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDriver
AddressWoodstock-on-Loddon via Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9.5"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinJ. Magee, Woodstock-on-Loddon via Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSt Kilda, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A27 Southern on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of influenza and pneumonia.
FateDied of disease 25 October 1918
Place of death or woundingEngland
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialEfford Cemetery (R.C. C. 3616), Plymouth, Devonshire
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
11
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary MAGEE. Native of Woodstock (Loddon), Victoria, Australia
Medals

Military Medal

"During operations at Westhoek on 4/10/17. Enemy shell caused a fire in a dump which rapidly spread owing to high wind - the flames preventing egress from several dug-outs in vicinty. This N.C.O. together with two others, although H.E. shell was in imminent danger of being encircled by the flames, showed great courage and coolness and methodically got the fire under. Had the shell exploded, men in the dug-outs near by would have been buried alive and the Battery position destroyed. This N.C.O. in consequence received slight burns."

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 April 1915.

Taken on strength of Howitzer Battery, Gallipoli Peninsula, 15 July 915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 26 December 1915.

Transferred to 2nd Field Artillery Bde, Tel el Kebir, 9 February 1916.

Attached to 2nd Bde Ammunition Column, 11 February 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 19 February 1916 (mumps).

Transferred to 4th Australian Divisional Artillery, Tel el Kebir, 27 February 1916.

Taken on strength of 21st Howitzer Bde, Tel el Kebir, 6 March 1916, and posted to 101 Battery.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 1 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 1st Field Artillery Bde, 15 May 1916.

Promoted Bombardier, 24 February 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 3 July 1917; reverts to the rank of Bombardier, 4 September 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 30 September 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 23 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 3 November 1917, and reverts to the rank of Corporal on being evacuated; admitted to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 November 1917, and transferred to No 17 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gassed, slight); to No 20 Ambulance Train, 4 November 1917; to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 5 November 1917; to England, 10 November 1917; to No 1 Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, 11 November 1917; discharged to furlough, 30 November 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 15 December 1917, and classified 'B1A3'.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 20 February 1918.

Marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 1 March 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 March 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 8 March 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 13 March 1918; promoted Temporary Sergeant, 12 March 1918; rejoined 1st Field Artillery Bde, 13 March 1918.

Promoted Sergeant, 7 May 1918.

To No 2 Australian Red Cross, 16 July 1918; rejoined unit, 2 August 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 13 October 1918; disembarked Southampton, 14 October 1918.

Died, No 4 Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, 25 October 1918 (influenza, and pneumonia).

Buried, Eggbuckland's Cemetery, 31 October 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, MAGEE Thomas

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