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Thomas BIRCH

Regimental number1516
Place of birthCooktown Queensland
SchoolCairns State School, Queensland
Other trainingChemist's assistant
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMartin Street, Cairns, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Isabel Birch, Martin Street, Cairns, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 9 February 1915. Embarked from Brisbane, 7 July 1915. Taken on strength, 7th Machine Gun Company, 3 March 1916. Wounded in France and gassed, 17 June 1916. Discharged from hospital, Epsom, England, 17 July 1916. Promoted Acting Sergeant, Machine Gun Training Depot, 22 September 1916; CQMS, 18 May 1917. Gassed for the second time, 17 July 1918; wounded for the third time, 11 August 1918, at Mont St Quentin, France. Died of Broncho Pneumonia, France.
FateDied of disease 2 December 1918
Place of death or wounding12th Casualty Clearing Station, France
Date of death2 December 1918
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialBusigny Communal Cemetery, Extension (Plot VIII, Row A, Grave No. 49), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Isabella BIRCH, Martyn Street, Cairns, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5968 Pte James Lefeore BIRCH,26th Bn, returned to Australia; 713 Pte Albert V BIRCH, returned to Australia.

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