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Thomas CUNNINGHAM

Regimental number1176
Date of birth25 January 1894
Place of birthGosford, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarter
Address31 Jersey Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Cunningham, 31 Jersey Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll85776
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollSpecial Service Unit
FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919
Discharge date18 November 1919
Other details

Three separate period of war service

(1) Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25 August 1915 (splintered glass in eye when a bullet struck his periscope); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 30 August 1915. Discharged to light duty; readmitted to 1 AGH, 30 October 1915; discharged to light duty, 10 November 1915; readmitted to 1 AGH, 22 November 1915; discharged to light duty, 24 November 1915.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Wandilla', 13 December 1915; discharged, 22 May 1916.

(2) Re-enlisted, 5 April 1917, and embarked as No. 3620, Private, 45th Bn, 10th Reinforcement, from Sydney on board HMAT A74 'Marathon', 10 May 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 20 July 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 12 December 1917; taken on strength, 4th Field Ambulance, 29 January 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 26 March 1918; transferred to England, 22 May 1918. Commenced return to Australia, 21 July 1918 (gun shot wound, right eye [1915

, and defective vision].

(3) Attested, 17 May 1919, and embarked from Sydney as 85776, Private, Special Service, AIGF, Kursk Guard, 27 May 1919; disembarked London, 23 July 1919.

Granted leave, 24 July 1919, to report to No. 2 Group, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, 8 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ajana', 19 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 October 1919; discharged, 18 November 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 July 1970
Age at death72

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