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Albert Ernest Victor THOMAS

Regimental number497
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolAscot State School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressAscot, via Tourello, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.75"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, S R Thomas, 3 Trench Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularSailed with the 1st Contingent, AIF. Wounded at Gallipoli, July 1915. After recovering did Post Office duty in Alexandria, Egypt. Later transferred to the Australian Base Post Office, London; then recalled to his old regiment in April 1918. Promoted to Sergeant while doing Post Office duties. Wounded near Damascus, 30 September 1918; died of influenza, Abbassia, Egypt. (details from sister, Nora E.J. Thomas)
FateDied of disease 21 October 1918
Place of death or woundingDamascus, Syria
Age at death30.4
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialCairo War Memorial Cemetery (Row O, Grave No. 346), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
4
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Samuel Russell and Honoria THOMAS
Family/military connectionsCousins (2nd): 572 Regimental Sergeant Major James Thomas RICHARDS, 39th Bn, killed in action 8 June 1917; 44778 Pte Arthur PRIOR, 15th North Auckland Regiment, NZEF, killed in action, 31 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, England, Palestine, Syria

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 20 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 16 July 1915 (shrapnel wound, left thigh); admitted to HS 'Sicilia', transferred to Malta, and admitted to Floriana Hospital, 28 July 1915. Discharged, and transferred to HT 'Karoa' for duty, 8 September 1915.

Transferred to Australian Army Postal Corps, Cairo, 6 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 8 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 13 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 23 June 1916.

Appointed Acting Sergeant whilst in charge of Records Section, Australian Base Post Office, 15 May 1917.

Promoted Extra Regimental Sergeant, 8 March 1918.

Found guilty, 11 March 1918, of disobedience of orders: reprimanded.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 30 March 1918, and reverted to Corporal on ceasing duty with Postal Corps.

Proceeded overseas to Egypt via Marseilles, 20 May 1918; disembarked Alexandria, 14 June 1918.

Rejoined 4th Light Horse Regiment, 27 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 30 September 1918 (gun shot wound, right knee), and admitted to 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance. Embarked Haifa, 9 October 1918; disembarked Alexandria, 10 October 1918, and admitted to 31st General Hospital, Abbassia, 11 October 1918.

Listed as dangerously ill, 19 October 1918 (influenza).

Died of influenza and myocarditis, 31st General Hospital, Abbassia, 21 October 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, THOMAS Albert Ernest Victor

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