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Thomas William LEADBITTER

Regimental number2666
Place of birthNewcastle Upon Tyne, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressTamer Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.6
Height5' 8"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Leadbitter, Tamer Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date26 June 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 10 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Discharge date5 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 10 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 December 1916; taken on strength, 51st Bn, in the field, 1 January 1917.

Awarded Military Medal for bravery in the field, 8 May 1917.

On leave to England, 23 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 5 October 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 December 1917 (balinits: swollen penis glans); transferred to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 December 1917; to 39th General Hospital, Havre22 December 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 31 January 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease (syphilis): 47 days.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 12 February 1918.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 21 February 1918 (balinitis), and transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 25 February 1918; discharged to Base Details, 3 March 1918 (non-venereal disease); rejoined unit, in the field, 8 April 1918.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Field Ambulance, 20 April 1918 (whitlow: inflammation of finger); discharged to duty, 4 May 1918; rejoined unit, 5 May 1918.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 June 1918 (influenza); discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 21 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 20 August 1918 (gun shot wound, right hand), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train 23, 21 August 1918, and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 22 August 1918; transferred to England, 23 August 1918, and admitted to 1st Birmingham war Hospital, 24 August 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 4 September 1918; discharged on furlough, 6 September 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 20 September 1918.

Found guilty, 2 November 1918, of being absent without leave from 2359, 29 October, to 0800, 1 November 1918: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 7 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Exeter', 15 January 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 20 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 5 April 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 January 1970
Age at death71
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, LEADBITTER Thomas William

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