Thomas Albert Leslie Cheney

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Thomas Albert Leslie Cheney
Personal Information
Date of Birth 2 Jan 1896
Place of Birth Orroroo, South Australia
Death 1 Aug 1966
Place of Death Southern Cross
Age at Enlistment 20 years, 2 months
Description 5' 11" (1.80m) tall ; 144 lbs
65.317 kg
; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Farmer
Religion Church of England
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr William Cheney
Military Information
Reg Number 5671
Date of Enlistment 1 Apr 1916
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement; transferred to 44th Battalion; then to 11th Machine Gun Company, and finally to 3rd Division Signals Company
Date of Embarkation 15 Jul 1916 ‒ 1 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A31 Ajana
Date of Return 18 Dec 1918 ‒ 27 Jan 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A60 Aeneas
Fate Returned to Australia (medical)
Monument none at present
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

His first attempt to enlist was rejected - heart complaint.

War Service

Successful on his second attempt to enlist, he began with the 58th Depot Company before being allocated to the 18th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion. On his arrival in England he was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion at Perham Downs on 2 Sep 1916. In England Tom was reallocated to the 44th Battalion on 23 Sep 1916, and he proceeded overseas to France via Southampton on 23 Nov 1916 by which time he had been again reallocated, this time to the 3rd Division's 11th Machine Gun Company.

On 4 Dec 1916 he was charged with losing his equipment, namely his Iron Rations (Bully Beef), for which he was admonished and made to pay their value 1/- (10 cents).

Soon after on 8 Dec 1916 he was made Temporary Corporal, but he reverted to Private when he entered The 10th Field Ambulance on 17 Jan 1917 returning to his unit on 23 January, but again requiring medical attention from 15 - 24 Feb 1917. Admitted to hospital again on 24 May 1917, on 5 Jun 1917 he embarked on HMHS Brighton for England where he entered the Middlesex War Hospital.

In Jul 1917 while waiting to return to France he was AWOL for 16 days from noon 24 Jul - 5:00pm on 9 Aug 1917. Punishment was detention for 16 days, and the loss of 33 days pay. Due to manpower shortages his sentence was remitted and he was released on 10 Aug 1917. On his release he was sent to the Overseas Training Brigade but then transferred to the Signals training camp on 1 Oct 1917. On 24 Nov 1917 Thom was charged with being Absent from a Special Parade at 1:00pm 24 Nov 1917. For this he forfeited 5 day's pay.

Tom returned to France via Folkestone on 3 Mar 1918, and on 25 Mar 1918 he was allocated to the 3rd Division Signals Company. After several more short term spells in hospital in France, on 14 Sep 1918 he was invalided to the UK, and quickly sent home to Australia where he was discharged by the 5th Military District on 21 Mar 1919.

Post War

Married in Plantagenet area to Rosa Maria Hunter in 1923.

Birth Notice "CHENEY (nee Hunter) - On November 24, at Subiaco, to Mr. and Mrs. Cheney - a daughter. Both well.[1]

Birth Notice CHENEY - On April 6, at Maternity Hospital, Coolgardie street, Subiaco (late Nurse Lloyd) to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Cheney, of Leederville, a daughter. (Marjorie).[2]

Birth Notice CHENEY - On September 24, 1927 at Warren hospital, Jardee, to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Cheney of Group 79, Manjimup - a daughter (Yvonne Margaret). Both well.[3]

Italic textDeath - Cheney - On April 11, 1930 at Pemberton, Western Australia, Marjorie, beloved daughter of Mr and Mrs Cheney of Manjimup, aged 5 years[4]

Thomas enlisted for service during WW2 with regimental number W16976


  1. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XXXIX, (6,715). Western Australia. 1 December 1923. p. 1. Retrieved 30 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XLI, (7,135). Western Australia. 9 April 1925. p. 1. Retrieved 30 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XLIII, (7,894). Western Australia. 1 October 1927. p. 1. Retrieved 30 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XLVI, (8,678). Western Australia. 14 April 1930. p. 1. Retrieved 30 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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