Robert Percy THOMSON

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THOMSON, Robert Percy

Service Number: 433
Enlisted: 5 October 1914, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 20 June 1874
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Shellal, Sinai Peninsula, 17 April 1917, aged 42 years
Cemetery: Beersheba Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 433, Townsville, Queensland
16 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 433, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 433, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, HMAT Borda, Brisbane
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 433, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, ANZAC Gallipoli
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 433, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
10 Sep 1915: Wounded Corporal, SN 433, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, ANZAC Gallipoli, Shrapnel (wrist)
1 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance
17 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 433, 2nd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance, Battles of Gaza

Diary of FH Smith

In the personal diary of FH Smith on the date of 16 April 1917, Smith writes "Poor old Bob Thomson as game as ever was, got badly hit ...." and he goes on to describe the fatal injuries to him and his horse. Bob Thomson is frequently mentioned in the diary which is digitised and can be found on the Mitchell Library Website by searching Francis Henry Smith. I have located several photographs of his grave which can be found on the Australian War Memorial under photographic collections.

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Biography contributed by Judith Smith

Recommended for Commendation at Gallipoli (www.awm.gov.au);

"For consistant courage, cooking under heavy shellfire on several occasions with ptractically no cover. On the 7th and 8th of August 1915 during the "Lone Pine" engagement, he cooked for wounded and stretcher bearers near "Browns Dip" with utter disregard for personal safety. He was finally wounded while cooking, some five weeks later. His courage and devotion to duty have been a splendid example to all ranks in his corps."

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