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Thomas John MILLS

Regimental number2358
Place of birthMuswellbrook New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBlandford, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, W Mills, Muswellbrook, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of the SOMME, east of HAMMEL, on 8th August, 1918. Lance Corporal MILLS was in charge of a Lewis gun section. During the advance when his platoon was being held up by machine gun fire he attacked a covering party to a machine gun and firing from the hip killed two of the enemy and captured four others. He then rushed the machine gun position, capturing four more prisoners and a heavy machine gun. He greatly inspired his comrades by his conspicuous bravery. The platoon was then enabled to advance without further casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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