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Thomas WILSON

Regimental number4621
Place of birthLondon, England
True NameGROSVENOR, William Thomas
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
AddressVictoria Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.75"
Weight207 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ruby Wilson, 180 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 September 1916
Place of enlistmentShowground, Sydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Discharge date30 May 1919
Other details

Before the war, while in New Zealand, he married a woman who was subsequently convicted and imprisoned for bigamy. When her lawful husband died, she married Grosvenor and they lived together for several years. In Australia he enlisted for Home Service; his wife sued for maintenance, and he assaulted her. He evaded police by enlisting in the AIF under a false name, having named another woman as his wife.

War service: Western Front

Assumed true name of Thomas William GROSVENOR by sworn declaration,17 January 1918.

Reported missing in the field, 24 April 1918; subsequently reported as Prisoner of War in Germany.

Repatriated to England, arrived 5 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, 13 April 1919; discharged, 30 May 1919.

Discharge originally to be on grounds of 'Services No Longer Required'; general discharge granted because of satisfactory wartime conduct.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.

Police pursued the original assault charge; he was sentenced to 4 weeks' imprisonment.
Date of death27 September 1947
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON Thomas

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