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Robert THOMPSON

Regimental number351
Date of birth--/08/1894
Place of birthIpswich Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarriage-builder
AddressWaghorn Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Thompson, Waghorn Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF31
Promotion date: 23 August 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: INF31
Promotion date: 26 November 1916

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. His flank became exposed and came under heavy machine gun fire from a blockhouse, which he captured, with four machine guns and their crews, thus preventing many casualties. When his cimpany commander was killed he took command, collected men of other units, and established himself on the final objective. Here he again attacked and cleared some blockhouses, reconnoitred the ground in front of his position, established some advanced posts, and kept his commanding officer well informed as to the situation. He showed great ability and courage throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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