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Thomas DUFFY

Regimental number1686
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Other trainingApprenticeship at Harland Wolffe, Belfast for 5 years
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShip rigger
Address99 Phillip Street, Balmain
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 4.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mr A E Duffy, 99 Phillip Street, Balmain
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Navy; discharged, time expired.
Enlistment date15 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name19th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous work as scout, particularly patrolling Momument Wood and surrounding country and gaining information as to evacuation of Sapignies.
Recommendation date: 23 March 1917

FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialPeronne CommunalCemetery Extension (Plot III, Row G, Grave No. 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thoms and Ann Synott DUFFY.

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force,16 August 1915. Appointed Temporary Corporal, 22 September 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Appointed Corporal, 8 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916.

Found guilty, 8 June 1916, of when on active service striking a soldier, 14 May 1916 (pleaded guilty): awarded reduction to the ranks; period under detention awaiting trial: 28 days. Found guilty, 3 September 1916, of being absent without leave, 2.30-4.30 pm, 1 September, and from 9.30-11.30 am and 2.30-4.30 pm, 2 September 1916: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 10 days' pay.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 1 April 1917; Sergeant, 4 June 1917.

Awarded the Military Medal.

Marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, England, for duty, 6 September 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 15 November 1917; rejoined 19th Bn, Belgium, 22 November 1917. Severely reprimanded for drunkenness, 16 April 1918. Proceeded to Infantry Course, Australian Corps School, 9 July 1918; rejoined Bn, 16 August 1918.

Killed in action, 31 August 1918.

Buried in Isolated Graves about 90 yards West of Mont St Quentin Communal Cemetery, 1.25 miles North of Peronne.

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

Wife wrote to Base Records, 19 April 1919: 'I want to know why I have not received all my Husbands belongings as he has three children for to claim their fathers things. There is other things that should have come as thery would be worshipt by his little ones and no one other as there is a man back here who who sent word to tell me that when I got his parcel to get a 3 penny bit that my husband found in his Xmas pudding over two years ago and it was not there. Also I would be glad to know when and how long I have to wait for my husbands Deferd Pay as I am greatly in nead of it and there is other money to that solders are getting prize money. I would be glad if you could hurry it along for me as I am neading it badly as we have no one to care or give us anything as we have lost our one and only friend. So I hope the Milletry will do their Dutie as for his little ones as he done his for his King and Country.' Wife subsequently died; son ( b. 25 March 1914) placed in Mater Dei Orphanage, Narellan (statutory declaration, Mother Superior, 18 September 1923).
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUFFY Thomas

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