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Reginald Samuel THORN

Regimental number3621
Date of birth24 August 1888
Place of birthCavenagh, South Australia
SchoolSouth Broken Hill Public School, New South Wales
ReligionCongregational
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressBlende Street North, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Thorn, Blende Street North, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name27th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 12 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 24 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2238 Pte Arthur THORN, 27th Bn, killed in action, 5 November 1916.
Other details

War service:Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

This letter was found on him after he was killed; the letter is dated 23 July 1916: 'My darling Mother and all at home, We are on the eve of a very great battle, and no man of us knows whether or not he may be in this world this time tomorrow. This may, therefore, be my last farewell here, but I know that God will support you, whatever befalls. We have no fear, and we should all be thankful to possess the assurance that our partings here are only temporary, and that we shall at last meet in a better and happier world. Should any of your own fall, do not grieve for us, but be thankful that our rest is come, as will that for us all, sooner or later, and when we meet again our present trials will seem quite insignificant compared with the future joy. Remember, darling mother, that our end will most likely be unconscious, and hence painless. Should we fall, and, although we have seen the awfulness of the worst part of the battlefield, we go without fear, commending our loved ones at home, who are perhaps called upon to make the great sacrifice of loved ones to God's merciful care. Remember His sacrifice for us. - Ever your loving son, Reginald Samuel Thorn.'

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