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Thomas Edward COPE

Regimental number833
Place of birthMallala South Australia
AddressMallalla, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily R Cope, Mallalla, South Australia
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Proyart on 12 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On the 12th August, 1918, near PROYART, during operations on the SOMME, this N.C.O.s Company went forward to establish an outpost line during which the enemy put down a heavy barrage of H.E. and gas. On his Platoon Officer becoming a casualty Corporal COPE too command and led his Platoon through the barrage and established the outpost line in spite of heavy enemy opposition and casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 March 1945

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