Enlistment Address

Gilgandra, NSW

Service Number



13th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement


Gilgandra Coo-ee


Returned to Australia, July 1917


Private Thomas Henry Turvey MM 4902A

Private Turvey was a 23 year old labourer of Gilgandra when he enlisted on November 7, 1915 at Lawson in the Blue Mountains and marched to Sydney with the Coo-ee March. Dr Peet examined him in Gilgandra and described him as 5’8” tall, 10st 10lb (68kgs), with dark complexion, light blue eyes and dark hair. He had good teeth, a scar under his left lower jaw and a faint oval scar front right shin bone. His religion was Roman Catholic and was single.

He trained at Liverpool with the 13th Battalion and sailed for Egypt on the ‘Star of England’ on March 8, 1916. After further training in Egypt he went to England then to France with the 45th Battalion. The letter A was allotted to his service number because there was a duplicate number in his section. He arrived in July 1916 and he saw his first action at Pozieres in August 1916.

Thomas earned the Military Medal on the night of February 22 & 23, 1917 and it was awarded to him on August 21, 1917 for ‘his gallant conduct and devotion to duty during an attack on an enemy trench near GUEDECOURT on the night of 22nd/23rd February, 1917 when, as a runner he maintained communication overland under artillery and machine gun fire between the front line and Headquarters. His work in this respect was quite consistent with his previous fine record established for coolness and determination in the face of all obstacles’.

Thomas was wounded at Messines on June 7, 1917, suffering a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was sent to England on the Hospital Ship, St Patrick for treatment and convalescence. In July 1917 he returned to Australia on the “Demosthenes’. Thomas was discharged on November 1, 1917. He received the Military Medal, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the Coo-ee Memorial Gateway and the Gilgandra Honor Roll.

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