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Thomas WALSH

Regimental number770
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressConvent of Mercy, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 3"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinSister, Catherine Walsh, Convent of Mercy, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave 65), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Mary Atkins WALSH
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried Eaton Hall Military Cemetery by Reverend S.A. Beveridge, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2850304, 761 Lance Corporal R.M. TATE, 31st Bn, 21 May 1917: 'I saw Walsh's grave at Eton (sic) Hall Cemetery to the right of Cellar Farm Avenue at Fleurbaix. A service was held over the burial by the Presbyterian padre, Cpt Cranston. Walsh himself was an R.C. A cross was erected over the grave with name number and unit upon it.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WALSH Thomas
Red Cross file 2850304

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