Thomas Clinton GUNN DCM

GUNN, Thomas Clinton

Service Number: 6522
Enlisted: 28 June 1915, Place of enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Battery Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 4th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Traralgon, Gippsland Victoria, 1889
Home Town: Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Civil Policeman
Died: Melbourne, Victoria, 23 May 1966, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
FA-R/C*U***17622 (plot number 309277, burial number 646187)
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World War 1 Service

28 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 6522, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Place of enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria
12 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 4th Field Artillery Brigade
12 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Had been promoted to Temporary Sergeant on 27th August 1917, reverting to Corporal on evacuating sick on 8th September 1917. Promoted again to Temporary Sergeant on 21st November 1917.
1 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Battery Sergeant Major, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Promoted to Temporary Battery Sergeant Major on 26th July 1918.
1 Oct 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. has been Battery Sergeant Major of the 11th Battery for period February to November 1918, and has repeatedly been called upon to take charge of the Battery wagon lines, due to the shortage of officers. His gallantry and devotion to duty has at all times been splendid. On the 1st October at HARGICOURT, the Battery wagon lines were shelled by high velocity guns. This N.C.O. got all horses removed from the lines at once regardless of heavy shelling, he himself remained until every man and horse was in safety, he eventually leading the last four horses away himself. His coolness and gallantry set a splendid example and doubtless saved casualties. Again at BUSIGNY on 16 October this N.C.O. was in charge of forward wagon lines during the advance. The lines were heavily shelled with Blue Cross gas shell. This N.C.O. had all his horses and men removed to a place of safety and although himself gassed, remained on duty and controlled the ammunition supply at a most difficult time. Throughout the whole of the period under review this N.C.O. has been a tower of strength to the Battery and by his gallantry and example whether at the guns or wagon lines, has been instumental in maintaining the moral and esprit de Corps of the Unit during a most trying period."
15 May 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Battery Sergeant Major, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Embarked on Ypiringa from England on 15th May 1919, disembarking Melbourne on 5th July 1919.
10 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Battery Sergeant Major, SN 6522, 4th Field Artillery Brigade

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Husband of Elizabeth Ann GUNN