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Spencer Horace THOMPSON

Regimental number4551
Place of birthMittagong New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationHairdresser
AddressMontgomery Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs S A Thompson, Montgomery Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage in carrying messages from front line to rear during the attack by the enemy on 15th April near NOREUIL. They had continually to pass through heavy Machine Gun and rifle fire on both forward and back journeys. At one period after the telephone had broken down and when it was of the utmost importance to get information through, and the Machine Gun fire was something tremendous, these runners never faltered, though they had to pass overland and in full view of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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