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Thomas McLEAN

Regimental number1906
Place of birthArmidale New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressAllingham Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Emily McLean, Allingham Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'At Corbie, on the 24 April 1918, during the bombardment that preceded and accompanied the enemy attack on Villers Bretonneux he collected his men and got his gun into action. Though knocked over and slightly gassed by a shell, he remained at his post throughout the whole of the operation. He also performed splendid work at Hamel on the 4 July and during the August operations. On 30 August 1918 he showed great gallantry under heavy fire when his battery was supporting the attack on Peronne, carrying up ammunition from a dump 100 yards in rear for over an hour. Throughout his courage and devotion to duty were of a very high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Date of death28 February 1942
Place of burialWollongong Cemetery

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