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Thomas Henry ROBERTS

Regimental number1763
Place of birthSt Peters New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
Address57 Yelverton Street, St Peters, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, T W Roberts, 57 Yelverton Street, St Peters, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 28 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, this N.C.O. was in charge of a platoon which he led against an enemy machine gun post, one gunner being killed and the remaining 8 being taken prisoner. During the advance he became detached from his company, but, collecting a few men, with a lewis gunner, and acting on his own initiative, he organised a post, on the right of the 19th Battalion, his party killing 5 of the enemy and driving out 10 others, thereby throwing an impending enemy counter attack into confusion. His party had no bombs and were short of S.A.A., and he only kept the position by his tenacity and determination. Later, when the post further to the right was in danger of being rushed and outflanked, he obtained some men from supports, and led them up at a critical moment, driving the enemy back with loss. This N.C.O. acted on his own initiative throughout, and set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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