Thomas William Moore

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Thomas William Moore
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1873
Place of Birth Port Melbourne, Victoria
Death 19 Feb 1954, aged 81
Place of Death Midland Junction
Age at Enlistment 43 years, 9 months
Description 5'10" (1.78m) tall ; 145 lbs
65.771 kg
; ruddy complexion ; blue eyes ; red hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister , Mrs Maria Burns
Military Information
Reg Number 6146
Date of Enlistment 12 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement / 4th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Aug 1916 ‒ 25 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades
Date of Return 9 Dec 1918 ‒ 19 Jan 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A8 Argyllshire
Fate Wounded in Action 8 Aug 1917
Wounded in Action 18 Sep 1918 Hindenburg Outpost Line
Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1903 - 1906 farmer at Marracoonda; 1910 - 1912 St John's Brook, mill hand

War Service

Within a fortnight of entering Blackboy Hill camp, Thomas was allocated to the 18th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion. However, three month later this was changed to the 19th draft for the 16th Battalion, and he proceeded with them to Plymouth in England aboard HMAT A28 Miltiades disembarking on 25 Sep 1916.

On 16 Jan 1917 he proceeded overseas to France aboard the HMT Princess Victoria from Folkestone, and joined the 16th Battalion on 21 Jan 1917 which at that time was in Mametz Camp about 5 km east of Albert. On 8 Aug 1917 near Messines the 16th Battalion was in the front lines where they were heavily shelled by German artillery. Thomas's wound was slight, and after treatment he remained on duty with his unit. Tom was granted leave, and was absent from his unit from 28 Dec 1917 until 18 Jan 1918. Tom was seconded to the 7th Army Service Corps from 24 May 1918, and sent to the Army Corps School from 10 Jul - 3 Aug 1918. On 4 Aug 1918 Tom rejoined the 16th Battalion and on 18 Sep 1918 was again a victim of enemy shelling, described in the Unit War Diary as very light, with 12 men wounded. Tom received a shell wound to his left hand.

Admitted to the 4th Field Ambulance on 18 Sep 1918 he was transferred to the 1st General Hospital at Etretat on 19 Sep 1918. He was invalided to England on 22 Sep 1918, and the next day entered the 2/1st Southern General Hospital in Dudley Road, Birmingham. Tom was discharged from hospital on 21 Oct 1918 and granted furlough until 4 Nov 1918 when he was to report to No. 4 Command Depot in Hurdcott. However, he was late reporting and was charged with having been AWOL from 4 - 6 Nov 1918. Found guilty, he forfeited 5 days pay. Tom was processed through the No. 1 and No. 2 Command Depots before heading back to Australia.

Returned to Australia on medical grounds, he was admitted to the care of the 8th Australian General Hospital, where on 25 Feb 1919 while still awaiting a medical all clear for discharge, he was charged with being drunk, refusing to show his pass, and giving a false name. His penalty was a fine of £2 ($4). Assessed as unfit for further duty due to the shell wound to his left hand, he was discharged by the 5th Military District on 10 Apr 1919. Originally given Regimental No. 6144A, but the bulk of his records show 6146, and it was this number that is inscribed on his medals.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 at 256 Lord street, East Perth, mill hand; 1929 - 1936 at 243 Gloucester street, Victoria Park, pensioner; 1949 at 40 Manchester street, Victoria Park; 1954 Lot 291 The crescent, Midland Junction.


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