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Thomas Augustus Theodore NINNESS

Regimental number85
Date of birth30 August 1874
Place of birthVacy, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHairdresser
AddressTweed Heads, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinWife, Mrs Flora Ellen Ninness, Tweed Heads, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Rifle Club, New South Wales.
Enlistment date17 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit nameAustralian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force (Queensland Reinforcement)
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAge at enlistment: 40.5
FateDid not Embark
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Other details

War service: did not embark with unit at Sydney on board HMAT SS 'Eastern', 25 January 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 16 January 1916.

Attestation Paper marked 'discharged at own request', no date being given.

On 10 January 1923 Ninness wrote to Base Records: 'I enlisted in the Tropical force for Rabaul at Brisbane about 14th December 1914, E. Company. After about a fortnight the Company journeyed to Liverpool Camp, N.S.W., where after some time, half the company left for Rabaul, the other half was left behind to leave next boat, but was afterwards disbanded owing to there being sufficient men there. We eventually formed A Company, of the 17th Battalion Q those who were eligible. After some weeks myself and others had to accept our disbandment, not being eligible by age. I did not receive any discharge papers, and have since not been able to apply for the allowance due me.'

No overseas service: not eligible for war medals.
Date of death14 June 1941
Age at death66
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland

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