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Thomas James MASLIN

Regimental number1082
Date of birth14 October 1893
Place of birthMullalyup, Western Australia
SchoolState School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSleeper cutter
AddressCapel, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Maslin, Maullalyup, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 14 August 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 14th to 16th
Place of death or woundingSomme, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Catherine MASLIN, Mullalyup, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Wounded in action, 23 June 1915 (gun shot wound, leg); admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, 24 June 1915; transferred to Fleet Sweeper same day; to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 25 June 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 2 July 1915; admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital (date not recorded); transferred to Convalescent Depot, Mena, 10 August 1915; to British Red Cross Hospital, 24 August 1915; discharged to 7 days' light duty, 15 September 1915.

Rejoined Bn at Gallipoli, 3 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, of being absent without leave from 9 am, 23 January, to 2 pm, 24 January 1916: forfeited 2 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Transferred to 51st Bn, 29 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Killed in action, 14-16 August 1916.

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

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