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Captain Thomas Charles Edward Godfrey MC

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24th Battalion
Tree No.:
S112
Planted by:
Mrs Godfrey (Mother)
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Military Cross

Thomas was born on the 25th of April 1891 at Richmond, VIC to Charles Godfrey and Elizabeth Amelia Gaynor(1).

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KIA

Thomas was an accountant and gave his address as East Melbourne when he was appointed as a 2nd Lieutenant(2) in the AIF, 24th Battalion on the the 28th of April 1915, aged 24. He had previously passed his exam for 2nd Lieutenant in the 63rd Battalion in 1913. He embarked aboard the HMAT A14 Euripides in May, arriving at Alexandria, Egypt in June.

Thomas was promoted to Lieutenant shortly before he embarked for Gallipoli in late August 1915. He was made a temporary Captain in December before returning to Egypt.

Group portrait of the officers of the 24th Battalion
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Group portrait of the officers of the 24th Battalion
Thomas is in the front row, third from the right.
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In late March 1916 Thomas disembarked at Marseilles, France. He was promoted to Captain in late May 1916 and involved in some of the major battles - Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in July and August 1916. He spent two weeks in hospital in April 1917 with Urticaria. His battalion also participated in the Second Battle of Bullecourt. It was involved for only a single day - 3 May - but suffered almost 80 per cent casualties.


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On the 17th of July 1917 Thomas was awarded the Military Cross.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack upon enemy lines he secured the left bank against counter attacks and, though blown down by a shell during the charge, remained at the head of his men, upon whom his coolness and courage had a splendid effect.

Source: recommendation for the Military Cross

Thomas was killed in action on the 4th of October 1917 during the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge - shot through the head by a sniper and killed instantly. He was buried in the field the next day. He is remembered in the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918.

Notes

  1. The Bacchus Marsh Express 12 Oct 1889
  2. The Bacchus Marsh Express 18 Aug 1917
  3. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/articles152186696

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