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Thomas DOBE

Regimental number2158
Place of birthCoolabunya Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
AddressBlackbutt, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Dobe, Blackbutt, Queensland
Enlistment date24 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2158B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 19 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 11th April 1917 near REINCOURT after the withdrawal from the HINDENBURG LINE these men [2654 T.W. FOLKARD, 5077 H.B. DICK; 2450 J. HOARE, 235 N.G. HATTON, 1875A A.C. ONIONS, 3970 R.C. HOLDEN, 3182 C.E. UPCHURCH, 1747 T. SEE] under the command of Lieutenant JULIN of 52 Battalion volunteered in spite of continuous machine gun and artillery fire, to go out into NO MAN'S LAND and collect wounded. At first they go a hostile reception but ultimately by their persistency and determination, they were permitted to carry on unmolested till dark. In this manner they saved the lives of many who would otherwise have perished in the snow. Two of the number were killed but undetermined the remainder stuck to their task until darkness put a stop to their work. They showed magnificent coolness and gallantry and untiring energy in their difficult task.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4427 Pte William DOBE, 25th Bn, returned to Australia, 27 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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