THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
BUNBURY Thomas Atkinson
8/2809, Company Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Passchendaele 12 October 1917
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  The advance was held up by uncut wire and a very heavy machine-gun barrage, and all his officers became casualties.  He took command of the company and, after making another gallant attempt to advance he successfully re-organised the company, extricated them from a body of mixed troops and dug in under heavy fire.  He continued in command of the company until relieved.  During the whole operation in his efforts to lead, encourage, and re-organise his command he repeatedly exposed himself to the most deadly fire, and set a magnificent example of courage, cool leadership and determination

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
NZ War Service Medal

NOTES
Born 8 December 1893, Dunedin, NZ
Died 26 January 1957, Balclutha, NZ