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Albert Victor TONKIN

Regimental number133
Place of birthAvenel Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
AddressQueen Street, Avenel, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Samuel Tonkin, Queen Street, Avenel, Victoria
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Medals

DFC

'A gallant and determined officer, who, in various engagements, has destroyed two enemy aircraft and driven down seven others. During recent operations he has been conspicuous for his boldness in attacking hostile troops on the ground. On three occasions Lieutenant Tonkin has been forced to land beyond our lines. On one of these, his machine being riddled with bullets, he was taken prisoner, but was subsequently recaptured by our advancing troops.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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