Thomas Frederick McDonough

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Thomas Frederick McDonough
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
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Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 14 Nov 1963, aged 72
Place of Death Midland, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 24 years, 10 months
Description 5' 6½" (1.69m) tall ; 119 lbs
53.977 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Brickmaker
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Catherine McDonough
Military Information
Reg Number 947
Date of Enlistment 6 Jan 1916
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 44th Battalion headquarters / 11th Brigade, 3rd Division
Date of Embarkation 6 Jun 1916 ‒ 21 Jul 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A29 Suevic
Date of Return 6 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Somali
Fate Wounded in Action 10 Jun 1917 at Messines
Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Armadale panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1916-1917 brickmaker, Armadale

War Service

After six weeks in Blackboy Hill camp Tom was allocated to the 44th Battalion, and was initially posted to 'B' Company. However, another six weeks into his training he became a batman and was transferred to the battalion's Headquarters (16 Apr 1916). Tom spent a week in hospital in England during Sep 1916, before proceeding to France from Larkhill via Southampton with the rest of the 44th Battalion on 25 Nov 1916. Arriving in Le Havre they spent several days in the area before taking the train to Steenwerck where they are part of the reserve. On 27 Feb 1917 Tom was appointed as a driver.

Wounded in Action on 10 Jun 1917, most likely due to the very heavy bombardment that took place as the 43rd Battalion moved to replace the 44th in the line. Thomas was gassed, and was treated first at the 9th Field Ambulance, before being transferred to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, and then via Ambulance Train on 10 Jun 1917 to the 11th Stationary Hospital in Rouen the next morning. On 24 Jun 1917 he was released to a convalescent depot for a month's rest before being sent on to the 3rd Division Base Depot in Rouelles, France. He spent from June to early October moving between hospitals and convalescent depots before he rejoined the 44th Battalion on 11 Oct 1917.

Tom was granted leave to England from 15 Mar - 4 Apr 1918, and to Paris from 28 Nov until 8 Dec 1918. He remained in France until 7 Apr 1919 when he moved back to the No. 3 Group Base in Codford where on 6 May 1919 he was admonished and lost two days pay for being AWOL for 36 hours. On his return to Australia on 8 Jun 1919, he was discharged by the 5th Military District .

Post War

In 1921 married Agnes Lilian Walker. Agnes died at Rudds Gulley on 10 May 1982 aged 87.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 a fitter's assistant at 1 Cope street, Midland Junction, moving by 1931 to 30 Sayers street Midland Junction, remaining there until his death in 1963. In 1972 Lilian was still at that address.

In WW2 son Frederick Noel McDonough served with Reg No 38449.


The 1917 Feb-Mar edition of The Drill of the Foot-Hills incorrectly gives his initials as I.F. "Enlisted in February, 1916, and sailed with the 44th Battalion in June, 1916; now in France."

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