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Regimental number553
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressLower Terrace Street, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 9.25"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ellen Williams, Lower Terrace Street, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date23 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 12 August 1915
Place of burialChatby war Memorial Cemetery (Row J, Grave No. 77), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and ellen WILLIAMS; Wife: E. WILLIAMS, 12 Lower Dublin Hill, Cork, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Appointed Company Sergeant Major, 26 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1915 (bullet wound, chest), and admitted to 4th Field Ambulance; transferred same day to Casualty Clearing Station. Transferred to HS 'Devanha'; died of wounds on board, 12 August 1915.

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

Wife wrote to Base Records, 18 August 1917: 'I am pleased to acknowledge receipt of your letter bearing date of 30/5/17 raising my late husband Coy. Sergent (sic) Major Thos. Williams 553, 15th Battn A.I.F. to the rank of Warrant Officer II Class. In my loneliness it will always be to me asource of pleasure and consolation to know that he has performed his duty in such a manner as earned for him the commendation and recommendation of his Superiors and that the spirit with which he had tried to serve his King and Country has been recognized in the proper quarter.' Letter same day: '[His personal possessions] would be an immense source of pleasure to me through their being associated with him in his last moments.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLIAMS Thomas

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