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Thomas Main CHALMERS

Regimental number1816
Place of birthBoort, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressMysia, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Thomas Main Chalmers, Mysia, Victoria
Enlistment date27 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On 4th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. He worked with his Brother [1815 P. CHALMERS] throughout the whole of the Brigade Operations, acting as Stretcher Bearers. Both displayed great gallantry in carrying wounded and both continued their work without intermission for nearly fifty hours. Their devotion to duty was a fine example to all other stretcher bearers, whom they organised and supervised throughout. Stretcher-bearing under the conditions which prevailed was a most arduous task calling for bravery and perseverance beyond the ordinary.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1815 Pte Peter CHALMERS MM, 38th Bn, killed in action, 13 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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