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Thomas Theodore BOXSELL

Regimental number4363
Place of birthBerry, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressPort Kembla, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs M B Boxsell, Victoria Street, Berry, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On three occasions during the operations on Mont St. Quentin, on the 31 August, 1918, he went out, and from an exposed position personally attracted the fire of enemy machine guns, while the remainder of his section worked round the flanks and killed and captured the crews. While engaging the enemy his own gun was knocked out by machine gun bullets.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 8th August, 1918 east of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, during the attack on the WARFUSEE line, part of the advance was held up. This N.C.O. went forward and located the machine gun holding up the advance. Single handed he attacked and captured the garrison of 14 men. He then cut the wire to enable the remainder of his section to pass through. By his coolness and disregard of danger he showed a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

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

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