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Gilbert Thomas COLVIN

Regimental number5962
Date of birth1889
Place of birthOakleigh, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address13 Hope Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, T Colvin, 13 Hope Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Le Peuplier near Caestre on 29 April 1918.'
Recommendation date: 16 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at LE PEUPLIER near CAESTRE on 29th April, 1918. The enemy concentrated a heavy shell fire on the billet occupied by the Headquarters of 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade. Direct hits were obtained in the first few rounds, and several later, killing two other ranks, and badly wounding three officers and several other ranks. Gunner COLVIN was one of a rescue party and under continuous shell fire gave great assistance in rescuing wounded men from the building. He attended to their wants and assisted in carrying them to a place of safety. He showed a fine example of courage throughout under exceptionally trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin (1st): 220 Pte John CRABTREE, 4th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, and attached to 5th Battery, Cairo-Heliopolis, 7 December 1915; transferred to 5th Battery, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916.

Wounded in action, remaining at duty, 29 April 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 3 February 1919; commenced return to Australia from devonport on board HT 'Suffolk', 12 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 June 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death18 August 1952

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