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Thomas KING

Regimental number4375
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSailor
AddressKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 8"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinMiss Bella MacMullen, c/o 27 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Navy for 12 years (time expired).
Enlistment date17 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameNo 6 Tunnelling Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number16/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 1 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 22 December 1918
Discharge date23 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 1 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 July 1916. Marched in to No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 8 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 15 October 1916; taken on strength, 3rd Tunnelling Company, 23 November 1916.

Found guilty, 17 January 1917, of conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline in that he did throw a snowball at a Captain of the RAMC who passing on a Motor Ambulance, 15 January 1917: awarded 96 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, Le Brebis, 26 May 1917, on 3 charges: (1) drunkenness (2) striking his superior Officer (3) resisting an escort whose duty it was to have him in charge; pleaded guilty to (1) and (3); not guilty to (2). Found guilty on all 3 charges: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 1 and fined one pound.

Found guilty, 10 September 1917, of disobedience of Company Order: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Admitted to 83rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 5 December 1917 (tonsillitis); transferred to England, 15 December 1917 (stomatitis), and admitted to Whipps Cross Hospital, Colchester; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 9 January 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 23 January 1918. Found guilty, 24 January 1918, of being absent without leave, 10.30 am, 23 January, to 10.30 pm, 24 January 1918: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay; forfeited total of 2 days' pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 9 April 1918; rejoined unit, 20 April 1918.

Admitted to 45th Field Ambulance, 22 September 1918 (gas poisoning); transferred to 4th General Hospital, 28 September 1918; to England, 29 September 1918, and admitted to Whipps Cross Hospital, Colchester, 30 September 1918; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 21 October 1918; discharged to furlough, 12 November 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 26 November 1918. Absent without leave, 26 November 1918; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, 5 December 1918. Found guilty, 4 December 1918, of being absent without leave from 10 am, 26 November, to 10 am, 4 December 1918: awarded forfeiture of 8 days' pay; forfeited a total of 16 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia from London on board HS 'Bakara', 22 December 1918 (gas poisoning); disembarked Fremantle, 5 February 1919; discharged, 23 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Notation on file, 1 December 1924: 'Correct name stated to be E. Montgomerie.'
Miscellaneous detailsTrue name: E. MONTGOMERIE
SourcesNAA: B2455, KING Thomas

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