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Thomas Henry TEDFORD

Regimental number2012
Place of birthMaryborough, Queensland
AddressMaryborough, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMrs George Telford, Maryborough, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the 4th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, Maryborough; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 78 Pte William Edward TEDFORD, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 2 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength of 25th Bn and reverted to the rank of Private, Gallipoli, 12 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 9 January 1916.

Transferred to 31st Bn, 28 February 1916.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Tel el Kebir, 29 February 1916.

Found guilty, 16 June 1916, of urinating in the lines, Moascar, 14 June 1916: severely reprimanded by Commanding Officer.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 1 December 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2710706, 1561 Pte R.W. SHEPPARD, A Company, 31st Bn (patient, Tooting Hospital, London, England), 9 August 1916: 'On 19th July 1916, at Fleurbaix, Private Tedford was killed by shrapnel at about twenty past six.' Note on file: 'Informant is intelligent.'

Second statement, 4 Sergeant A.C. COMPTON, Bandmaster, 31st Bn, 21 September 1916: 'I saw the latter Tedford lying out dead in No Man's Land at Fleurbaix on the morning of 20.7.16. I was quite close to him as I was looking for my son [2309 Pte Frederick David COMPTON] and am quite sure it was Tedford and that he was dead.'

Third statement, 291 Pte E. SMITH, A Company, 31st Bn (patient, Tunbridge Wells General Hospital), 4 September 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19th at Fleurbaix Tedford had his head blown clean off.'

Fourth statement, Pte H.H. FORD, 20 September 1916: 'On the night of July 19th, we stretcher bearers found him just near the trench now held by the Germans, he was quite dead and we concluded he must have been killed by concussion as there were no marks about him.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, TEDFORD Thomas Henry
Red Cross file 2710706

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