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Thomas Arthur BOND

ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation50
Next of kinMother, Mrs Charlotte Bond, Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date24 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AWM Embarkation Roll numberMIS34.12.1.RANBT1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollRoyal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455, 28 January 1916; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44, 6 April 1916. Awarded a second MID: promulgated, 'London Gazette', fourth Supplement, No. 29664, 11 July 1916; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176, 30 November 1916.

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the DSO.
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Service Order

'On 11th September, 1914, during the attack upon the wireless station, Bita Paka, German New Guinea, Lieutenant Bond displayed conspicuous ability and coolness under fire in leading his men through most difficult country and enforcing the terms of surrender whilst drawing off an attack by another body of the enemy. He showed great daring, when accompanied by only one officer and one man, in suddenly disarming eight Germans in the presence of twenty German native troops drawn up under arms, all of whom were then marched off and held prisoners. Later he personally captured five armed natives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44
Date: 6 April 1916

Family/military connectionsNephew: Captain Sydney Stanna BOND, 25th Bn, killed in action, Zonnebeke, Belgium, 9 October 1917.

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