Thomas Noel Heath STRETCH MC and Bar

STRETCH, Thomas Noel Heath

Service Number: 534
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Prahran
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Unspecified British Units
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 22 December 1893
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Brighton Grammar School and Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 March 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt
Memorials: Geelong Grammar School Community Members Who Served, Maitland High School Roll of Honour, Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 534, 5th Infantry Battalion, Prahran
9 Sep 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 5th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1914: Involvement Sergeant, 534, 5th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1914: Embarked Sergeant, 534, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
5 Apr 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, 534, 5th Infantry Battalion, Granted commission in British Army.
6 Apr 1915: Enlisted British Forces (All Conflicts), Unspecified British Units, Second Lieutenant, Royal Army Service Corps
31 Jul 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Third Ypres, Lieutenant Stretch successfully brought his four guns with the assaulting Infantry up to the second objective and when there found that the right flank of the Brigade was exposed to attack from a party of the enemy still in the Pommern Redoubt. He pushed two of his guns well forward on the flanks of the Brigade and was thereby able to bring covering machine gun fire to bear while the rest of the Brigade was advancing to take the final objective. He took two prisoners with the assistance of one of his gun teams, and then obtained an Infantry bombing party to clear the trench of the remainder of the enemy.
27 Nov 1917: Honoured Military Cross and bar, Third Ypres, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty from 20th to 22nd September 1917, East of Ypres. He advanced with three machine guns to the first objective and got them into position. He then returned to the advanced company headquarters, and despite heavy shelling, did splendid work in keeping up communication. On hearing that the officers of the forward sections had become casualties he supervised the working of those sections in addition to his own. His cheerful and courageous example greatly inspired his men.
25 Mar 1918: Involvement British Forces (All Conflicts), German Spring Offensive 1918

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Biography contributed

Thomas Noel Heath STRETCH was born in Melbourne on 22nd December, 1893

His parents were John Francis STRETCH & Amelia Margaret WEEKES