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Thomas NICKSON

Regimental number5427
Place of birthTyldesley England
ReligionCS
OccupationCook
Address29 O'Connor Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs V G Nickson, 29 O'Connor Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Traffic Control Detachment
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O's work during the period 27th March 1918 to 10th September 1918 has been of the very highest order. Throughout this period he has shown great courage and devotion to duty in controlling large volumes of traffic under heavy shell fire. On the evening of the 19th August, 1918, whilst controlling a constant stream of traffic in HARBONNIERES, the enemy commenced shelling the village. Before he was able to divert the traffic around the village, a shell burst near his post killing two horses and badly wounding the Driver of the team. He at once detailed another Traffic man to take his post. He then removed the dead horses and had the wounded Driver evacuated, and cleared the congestion in a very short space of time. By his prompt action further casualties and loss of Government Property were probably averted. The cool manner in which he has handled difficult situations with traffic under shell fire during the operations which commenced on 8th August, 1918, set a splendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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