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Owen Stanley TOLMAN

Regimental number2511
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
SchoolFlowerpot Channel Public School, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Address7 Marine Terrace, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Janet Tolman, 7 Marine Terrace, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 10 August 1916
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialPuchevillers British Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 61), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Janet Watt TOLMAN, 175 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmnia. Commemorated in Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2920 Pte Mostyn Edward TOLMAN, 26th Bn, returned to Australia, 26 September 1917; Nephews: 1514 Pte Edward Tolman DOMENEY MM, 12th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 November 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 29 July 1916 (gun shot wound), and admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 10 August 1916.

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

Mother oprotested, letter, 3 March 1921, that no items belonging to her son (medals, war gratuity etc) should go to his father under the provisions of the Deceased Soldiers' Estates Act 1918: 'I have been practically a widow for the last twentysix years and I have not received any maintainance [sic] from my husband all during those years.'

Medals were awarded to the father, but were returned unclaimed.
SourcesNAA: B2455, TOLMAN Owen Stanley

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