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Medals of the Month - February 2021

Medals awarded to 2239 Private Norman Edgar Thompson
L - R: Military Medal, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal.

(It is noted that displayed on the Victory Medal ribbon is the oak leaf insignia for the award of a Mention Despatches. However, there is no reference to a Mention in Despatches in the soldier's war service record).

1891: Born at Stuart Town near Wellington, New South Wales.

1906-1916: Employed as a labourer at Stuart Town.

1916: Enlists at Dubbo, New South Wales with Service Number 2239 on 31 March at the age of 25 years and 8 months. The soldier’s mother, Elizabeth Jane Thompson, is nominated as next of kin. Is sent to Bathurst for training.

1916: Embarked Sydney, New South Wales for Europe on HMAT Boorara A42 on 19 August.

1917: Transferred to the 54th Australian Infantry Battalion 16 January 1917.

1917: Norman Thompson's letter from the Western Front published in the Orange Leader newspaper on 20 June 1917 - See: 20 Jun 1917 - STUART TOWN SOLDIER'S EXPERIENCES. - Trove.

1917: Wounded in the right knee in the Battle of Polygon Wood in the Ypres (Ieper) area, Belgium on 26 September.

1917: Evacuated to a military hospital in England on 27 September.

1918: Returns to France on 15 June and is posted to the 5th Australian Machine Gun Battalion.

1919: Awarded the Military Medal (London Gazette 4 May 1919 - page 6061) ... 'As a result of the soldier's performance in the 1918 St Quentin Canal battle ... During the operations from 29th September to 2nd October in the vicinity of BELLICOURT this man's services as a runner are worthy of the highest praise. He conveyed messages under heavy shell fire and displayed untiring energy and obeyed all calls with a cheerfulness rarely equalled under such trying circumstances. It was greatly due to his efforts that a proper liaison was maintained between Company Headquarters and Battalion Headquarters'. (REFERENCE)

1919: Embarked London for Australia on HT 'Ajana, 19 August.

1919: Discharged Sydney on 24 November.

1919: Presented a Gold Medallion for service by the Residents of Stuart Town and District on 5 December.

Gold Medallion for military service presented by the Residents of Stuart Town and District.

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