|Object type||Black & white, Portrait|
|Physical description||Black & white, Portrait|
|Date made||c 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Studio portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Thomas Leslie Axford VC MM, 16th Battalion. Cpl Axford was ...
Studio portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Thomas Leslie Axford VC MM, 16th Battalion. Cpl Axford was awarded the Victoria Cross as Lance Corporal (LCpl) for "most conspicuous bravery and initiative during operations" on 4 July 1918 at Vaire and Hamel Woods. LCpl Axford left his platoon and attacked an enemy machine gun crew, killing ten of the enemy and taking six prisoners. He then returned to his platoon for the remainder of the operation. Prior to receiving the Victoria Cross he was awarded the Military Medal. He returned to Australia and was discharged on 6 February 1919, later serving in the Australian Military Forces between 1941 and 1947.