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Matthew THOMSON

Regimental number4780
Place of birthGlasgow Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationRailway porter
Addressc/o Mrs Coles, Russell Street, Yatala, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Janet Thomson, 16 Seamore Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Enlistment date26 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian General Hospital 3, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/67/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 15 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On September 29th and 30th, 1918, East of RONSSOY, this stretcher bearer carried out his duties under heavy machine gun and shell fire. By his cheerful willingness and untiring energy under very trying circumstances, he helped to overcome a critical situation, when the congestion of American wounded at the Aid Post of the 39th Battalion threatened to become acute. Time after time he did long carries with no other thought that the wounded Americans would be evacuated as speedily as possible. By his gallantry and devotion to duty he set a splendid example to the other bearers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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