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Thomas Michael STINSON

Regimental number6624
Date of birth25 November 1891
Place of birthCowra, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLoco driver
AddressNewtown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 11.5"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Evans, Railway Street, Cowra, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 March 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When one of our posts had been occupied by the enemy, Corporal Stinson volunteered to lead a small party to recapture it, which was done with success, owing to his great resource and dash. He was wounded but remained at duty and in order that the post might be held, he crawled three times over 200 yards of ground swept by machine guns and rifle fire to get up S.A.A. and hand grenades. Though wounded, he led his party in the main attack, which then took place, and did not retire to a dressing station until our line was restored.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date28 March 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6626 Pte James Edward STINSON, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 April 1917, and marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 July 1917; joined 17th Bn in the field in France, 18 August 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 September 1917; promoted Temporary Corporal, 15 October 1917; Corporal, Belgium, 31 October 1917.

Wounded in action, France, 16 May 1918 (gun shot wound, face), and admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 32, 17 May 1918, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Etretat, 18 May 1918. Transferred to Australian Convalescent Depot, 4 June 1918; to Australian Infantry Base Depot, 8 June 1918; marched out to unit,12 June 1918; rejoined unit, 13 June 1918.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 10 August 1918 (gun shot wound, face); admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 11 August 1918; transferred and admitted to 22nd General Hospital, 20 August 1918; transferred to England, 20 August 1918, and admitted same day to 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton (gun shot wound, left cheek). Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 September 1918; discharged on furlough, 11 September 1918, to report to Littlemoor Camp, 29 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Argyllshire', 9 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney (medical reasons); discharged, Sydney, 28 March 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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