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Regimental number8169A
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, J M Thompson, 14 Melbourne Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military service23rd Australian Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date1 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1 Australian General Hospital 1-6 Special Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'On 5th October, 1918, in the operations at the HINDENBURG Line, north of ST. QUENTIN the enemy heavily shelled some artillery transport, overturning a wagon. At once this man dashed to the spot regardless of heavy shelling, cleared two wounded from the wreckage and carried them to the Regimental Aid Post. Owing to the extent of the shelling which was continuous and extensive in area, his behaviour showed the greatest gallantry and devotion to duty. He was accompanied by No. 2807 Private (Lance Corporal) Basil Cecil BARWICK, MM, 5th Australian Field Ambulance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2915 Pte James Bruce THOMSPN, 49th Bn, killed in action, 7 June 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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