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Thomas BANTOFT

Regimental number1003
Place of birthChillsford, Suffolk, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStud groom
AddressLinc-cottage, Ufford Road, Urke, North Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Reede, Ufford Road, Urke, North Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 February 1915
Place of enlistmentMoora, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 16/2/15 - 10th Light Horse, 6th Reinforcements. Joined Camel Corps, 8/7/16; 3rd Camel Battation, 11/11/16; 4th Camel Battalion, 16/3/17. Promoted Corporal, 18/11/16; reduced to ranks, 9/6/17.
FateKilled in Action 28 March 1918
Place of death or woundingPalestine
Age at death28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsJerusalem Memorial, Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
10
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Reported from Egypt and taken on strength, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 2 October 1915; to hospital, 23 November 1915 (sick); embarked for Malta, 29 November 1915 (diphtheria); transferred to Military Hospital, Imtarfa, Malta, 30 December 1915.

Embarked Malta, 26 January 1916.

Marched out to Serapeum, 26 February 1916.

To hospital, 18 March 1916 (gonorrhoea); admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 20 March 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, 3 April 1916; returned to 10th Light Horse Regiment, 3 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel-el-Kebir, 20 June 1916.

Attached to Imperial Camel Corps, 8 July 1916; taken on strength, No 13 Company, Imperial Camel Brigade, 9 July 1916.

Found guilty, 15 August 1916 of being absent without leave from 6.30 am, 13 August, to 5.30 am, 14 August 1916: forfeited a total of 2 days’ pay.

Taken on strength, 3rd Anzac Bn, Imperial Camel Brigade, 11 November 1916; appointed temporary Corporal, 15 November 1916; appointed Corporal, 18 November 1916.

Admitted 4th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, Baharia, 30 November 1916 (malaria); discharged to duty, 13 December 1916; admitted to 4th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, 30 December 1916 (malaria relapse); discharged to duty, 11 January 1917.

Admitted to No 14 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 2 March 1917 (tonsillitis abscess); discharged to unit, 9 March 1917; rejoined unit, 9 March 1917.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 4th Bn, Imperial Camel Brigade, 16 March 1917.

Found guilty, 1 June 1917 of striking and kicking a Non Commissioned Officer of the Provost Corps while the NCO was escorting two soldiers to the detention room, 10.15 pm, 10 March 1917: awarded 1 year Imprisonment with hard labour for one year; reduced to rank of Private.

Detached to No 2 Company, Imperial Camel Brigade, Kubri, 8 June 1917; marched out under escort to Cairo, 13 June 1917; admitted to Detention Barracks, Cairo, 13 June 1917.

Admitted to Citadel General Hospital, Cairo, 8 October 1917 (dysentery); discharged to Detention Barracks, 13 October 1917.

Sentence suspended and released to unit, 16 January 1918; taken on strength, Anzac Base Depot Company, 16 January 1918; posted to 4th Bn, 22 January 1918; detached to 18th Company, 24 January 1918; marched out to No 13 Company, 15 February 1918.

Killed in action, Palestine, 28 March 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BANTOFT Thomas

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