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Thomas Joseph DAWES

Regimental number3768
Place of birthGolden Square, Victoria
SchoolEaglehawk Public School No. 210, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
AddressBrazier Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, T Dawes, Brazier Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Enlistment date13 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"While on board ship he was very ill. Thinking he was dying he wrote his letter to his mother saying farewell - put it in a bottle, dropped it into the sea. 4 months after it was found and sent to his mother at Eaglehawk, but he arrived in Egypt safely." Details from Mother.
FateKilled in Action 1 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialBerks Cemetery Extension (Row B, Grave No. 18), Ploegsteert, Beligum.
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
43
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents. Thomas and Maria DAWES, 71 Wattle Lane, bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Native of Golden Square, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin: Alfred Watson.

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