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Thomas Archibald SLAUGHTER

Regimental number496
Place of birthMurtoa, Victoria
AddressMurtoa, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.6
Height5' 7"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Slaughter, 'Pentland', Murtoa, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 19th Australian Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a raiding party against a hostile strong point, the enemy trench being crossed and two prisoners captured. On a later occasion he volunteered to take part in a more extensive raid over the same areas, and rendered valuable service. Thanks to his resource and ability both enterprises proved markedly successful, prisoners being secured and much damage inflicted on the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165
Date: 24 October 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and skilful leadership in taking the eastern half of Peronne on 2nd September 1918. After his senior officers had early become casualties, he led the company brilliantly through very heavy machine gun fire, silencing one machine gun post after another, and killing of capturing the crew and a large number of prisoners. On reaching the eastern end of Peronne he found his flank dangerously exposed, and at once formed a defensive flank. By his courage and able handling of a difficult situation he contributed largely to the success of this battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date6 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orca', 19 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 6 June 1919.

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 September 1953
Place of burialMurtoa Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, SLAUGHTER Thomas Archibald

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