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Thomas RICHARDS

Regimental number1812
Date of birth1871
Place of birthNottingham, England
ReligionWesleyan
OccupationCarpenter
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 7"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Richards, Church Drive, Carrington, Notts, England
Previous military serviceServed in the 2nd Bn, Robin Hood Rifles, British Army; resigned.
Enlistment date29 December 1914
Place of enlistmentWangaratta, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 January 1916
Discharge date2 October 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, England

Joined 6th Bn at Gallipoli, 27 May 1915.

Admitted to Sweeper 'Clacton' for conveyance to Mudros, 12 July 1915 (no details of illness recorded); admitted to No. 2 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 12 July 1915. Transferred to Base, Mudros, 14 July 1915. Transferred to Malta; disembarked from HS 'Gloucester Castle', 20 July 1915 (nervous debility), and admitted to Cottonera Hospital. Transferred to All Saints Hospital, Malta, 11 August 1915.

Transferred to England on board HT 'Ascania', 28 August 1915; admitted to Bethnal Green Military Hospital, London, 11 September 1915.

Found guilty, 22 November 1915, of being absent without leave, 15-22 November 1915: forfeited 8 days pay; total forfeited: 16 days pay.

Commenced return to Australia from Portland on board 'HMAT Star of Victoria', 19 January 1916 (shell shock and neurasthenia); discharged, 2 October 1916 (permanently unfit).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death6 June 1935
Age at death64
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICHARDS Thomas

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