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Regimental number295
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
Other NamesThomas Gerismo
SchoolUrquhart Street State School, Ballarat, Victoria
Other trainingBallarat School of Mines, Victoria
Address311 Windermere Street, South Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Wilkins, 311 Windermere Street, South Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in School Cadets; 3 years in Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name8th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VII, Row C, Grave No. 2), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Florence WILKINS
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Anzac, 26 November 1915; Temporary Corporal, 8 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 60th Bn, 24 February 1916, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir.

Promoted Sergeant, Ferry Post, 25 March 1916; Company Quarter Master Sergeant, 13 May 1916.`Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2950108: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3329 Pte E. JUDD, B Company, 60th Bn, 28 February 1917: 'I saw his dead body lying out in No Man's Land on 19th. July after the charge when we were stretcher-bearing. The body was buried by a burying party that night.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILKINS Thomas
Red Cross File No 2950108

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