THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
THOMAS Walter Babington
9234, Captain (temp Major) 23 Battalion, New Zealand Infantry, WW2
366460 Hampshire Regiment, post WW2

CITATION
Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath
Gazetted 4 June 1971, p5951

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 21 September 1944
During the attack on Takrouna on the night of 19-20th April 1943 the battalion commander was wounded and Major Thomas assumed command.  The leading
companies had come under heavy fire while advancing to the start line for the brigade second objective.  There had been numerous casualties from anti-personnel
mines and there was considerable confusion and uncertainty.  Despite this and the unexpected necessity of having to fight for the start line, Major Thomas by his
personal example and splencid leadership quickly had the Battalion reorganized and making its way forward in fierce close fighting.  Will great difficulty the start
line was reached and then as further advance was impossible, Major Thomas quickly seized the essential ground and established and firmly held a tenable
position deep within the enemy lines.  As a result of this bold and determined action, large numbers of the enemy were killed or captured after daylight.
Throughout the difficult day of April 20 when for many hours the battalion was isolated, Major Thomas continued to exhibit high qualities of leadership and when
relieved was still holding the vital ground he had gained.  Throughout he showed tactical ability of the highest order, a quickly offensive spirit and an infectious
enthusiasm and cheerfulness which were an inspiration to his battalion.

Military Cross
Gazetted 8 September 1942, p3949

Bar to the Military Cross
Gazetted

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 15 July 1955, p4154

Silver Star (US)
Gazetted

AWARDS
Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross and bar
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
         8th Army
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
         Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand Service Medal (J Force)
Africa General Service Medal
         Mention in Despatches
Campaign Service Medal
Coronation Medal 1953
Efficiency Decoration
Pingat Jasa Malaysia
Silver Star (US)
1 unknown

NOTES
Born 29 June 1919 Nelson, New Zealand
Died 22 October 2017 Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia