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Thomas William CLARE

Regimental number2477
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Address20 Gilpin Street Camperdown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Clare, 20 Gilpin Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 February 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 September 1917

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry at GUEUDECOURT on the morning of 21st February, 1917, during an attack on enemy's Strong Point and trenches. He was in command of a squad of men with blankets to throw over the enemy's wire. He went forward under cover o the Stokes gun barrage and took up a position close to the enemy's wire to watch the result of the Stokes shells to select a damaged point to rush. Immediately the barrage lifted he rushed forward under enemy rifle and bomb fire and successfully threw blankets over their wire. By his coolness and utter disregard for danger he greatly assisted the attacking party in entering the enemy's trench without delay.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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

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