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Charles THOMPSON

Regimental number392
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address0rbost, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Thompson, Club Terrace, 0rbost, Victoria
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his platoon commander became a casualty at the final objective, he immediately took command, and, consolidated and wired the position. He reconnoitred his front heavy machine gun fire, and set a splendid example to his platoon throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Military Medal

'On the morning of 11th April, 1917 in the attack on HINDENBURG LINE near REINCOURT Corporal C. THOMPSON displayed the utmost coolness and gallantry. After taking our second objective the Officer in charge of his platoon was killed so he at once collected and took charge of the platoon which he handled in masterly fashion. He led two bombing raids on the Germans who were beaten back but in these attacks he lost the majority of his men. When the Germans attacked again he single handed bombed and forced them back for a distance of about 100 yards and held them there for two hours when, his supply of bombs giving out, he was forced to withdraw. Right through he showed a total disregard for his own life and set his men a magnificent example. He is an original member of this Battalion has seen service at Gallipoli and in France and at all times when in the trenches he has done magnificent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

MM Bar


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 38
Date: 14 February 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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