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Thomas Richardson LIDDLE

Regimental number1963
Date of birth11 November 1893
Place of birth168 King Street, Bendigo, Victoria
SchoolMiss Anners Infant School, Bendigo: 11 September 1899 attended Gravel Hill State School, Bendigo - Merit Certificate
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Alexander Liddle, 168 King Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceVolunteer Cadets, Bendigo
Enlistment date29 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollArmy Motor Transport Section
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

After his return from England Thomas Liddle and his family settled at White Hills, Bendigo. Commenced work at the North Bendigo Railway Workshops as a Fitter/Turner in 1920, until his retirement as production Engineer in 1958. Was on the Appeal Committee involved in the building of the R.S.L. Memorial Hall, Pallo Mall, Bendigo. In 1972 he received a 50 year R.S.L. Service Award and was a member until his death. He was also on the Committee at the time of the new Railway Institute in 1923 in Bendigo. On 30 November 1917 he joined the Bendigo Branch of the Australian Natives Association and in 1981 a presentation was made to mark his 70 years membership. In 1920 he joined the Zenithy Masonic Lodge, Bendigo and in 1970 received his 50 year Jewell and ten years later received 60 year Bar to go with this Jewell. Life Member of the White Hills Bowling Club, Bendigo and also a member of the foundation committee of the Club, and played pennant in his eighties. On 6 January 1983 he and his wife retired to Bethlehem Home for the Aged, Golden Square, Bendigo. they celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on 21 January 1984. Hilda Liddle died at Bethlehem Home for the Aged on 21 October 1986 aged 92 years. Thomas Richardson Liddle attended his Battalion Reunion and marched each ANZAC Day in Melbourne. He passed away at the Bethlehem Home for the Aged, Golden Square, Bendigo. Is survived by his daughter Constance Ellen Vincent, grand-daughters Lola Judith Morris and Jill McConville and great-grandsons Gary Vincent Morris, Tony John Morris and Timothy McConville. His great-grandson Tony John Morris is the Victorian Representative for Veterans' Affairs for the 80th Pilgrimage to Gallipoli, departing 17 April 1995

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Appointed Lance Corporal on 19 January 1918. Reverted to Private at own request on 26 Januaary 1918
Discharge date9 September 1920
Family/military connectionsBrother: 10881 Driver Alexander LIDDLE, 3rd Divisional Train, enlisted on 19 July 1915. Next of kin stated to be Mrs R Liddle (wife) c/0 Mrs T P MacMillan, 83 Ormond Street, Kensington, Victoria. Returned to Australia 3 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Landed at Gallipoli 12 October 1915, evacuated 20 December 1915 to Lemnos Island. Landed at Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916

Hospitalised several times in England due to illness, gun shot wound to the left shoulder received on 13 April 1917 in France (King Edward Hospital, Windsor, England). Admitted Delhi Hospital on 28 May 1917 with appendicitis. Re-admitted in July and August 1918 with adhesions following appendectomy

Returned to Australia on board 'Hororatia'on 16 April 1920 with his wife Hilda Turnbull (whom he married on 22 April 1919 at Usworth Church of England, Co. Durham, England) and their daughter Constance Ellen who was born on 3 November 1919 at Fishburn County, Durham, England. Disembarked 10 June 192

Date of death29 June 1992
Age at death98
Place of burialAshes interred in a Memorial Wall at the Bendigo Cemetery, Carpenter Street, Bendigo

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