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Thomas Benjamin OAKES

Regimental number2632
Place of birthClare South Australia
AddressLeeton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, George Oakes, Merbein, Victoria
Enlistment date5 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Valuable services in construction of strong point and conspicuous courage under fire. East of Ypres'
Recommendation date: 9, 12 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th October 1917, he was employed on the construction of a Strong Point on BECELAERE RIDGE. He successfully completed a Machine Gun position under direct observation and spite of very heavy shelling. Later in the afternoon his position came under extremely heavy fire, 50% of his party became casualties but he carried on and successfully completed the work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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