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Thomas BECKER

Regimental number722
Place of birthBrandon, Queensland
True NameRASHFORD, Thomas
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
AddressDownshire Arms Hotel, Mitchell, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinUncle, Philip Becker, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date10 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMitchell, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A53 Itria on 9 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 13 March 1919
Discharge date28 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Admitted to hospital, 30 September 1915 (influenza);returned to duty, 2 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 26-27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Lance Corporal, Tel el Kebir, 28 February 1916.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, Romani, 16 June 1916.

Appointed Corporal, 7 July 1916.

Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 25 November 1916.

Reverted to Corporal, 21 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 11 February 1917 (mumps); transferred to 26th Stationary Hospital, 12 February 1917; returned to duty, Hill 200, 14 March 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 28 June 1917 (abdominal pains); transferred to Montazah Hospital, 3 August 1917 (colic); discharged to 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar Camp, Ismailia.

Taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 13 August 1917.

Detached to Cadre, 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, 18 May 1918.

Transferred to Reinforcements Camp, 2 June 1918.

Joined 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, 22 June 1918.

Rejoined 2nd Light Horse Regiment, in the field, 6 August 1918.

Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 7 August 1918.

Reverted to Corporal on being admitted to hospital, 1 October 1918; transferred to 31st General Hospital, Abbassia, 11 October 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged on 14 days' leave, 15 October 1918; leave extended by 7 days; rejoined 1st Light Horse Brigade Details, Moascar Camp, 5 November 1918.

Rejoined 2nd Light Horse Regiment, in the field, 7 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Kantara on board HT Úlimaroa', 13 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 19 April 1919, to disembarked at Brisbane; discharged Termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 28 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsPreviously fined £5 for álleged cattle stealing'.
Date of death1970
SourcesNAA: B2455, BECKER Thomas

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