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Thomas BRETT

Regimental number25
Date of birth1888
Place of birthThurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFireman
AddressValley Heights, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7.25"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Brett, Drombane, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 June 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameSection 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number15/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date2 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; admitted to ship's hospital, 15 March 1917 (bronchitis); discharged from hospital, 16 March 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 April 1917, and marched in to 1st Railway Section, Bordon.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 May 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 23 July 1917; rejoined unit, 25 July 1917 (no further details recorded).

Detached to ROD, 7 August 1917.

With 1st Canadian Railway Troops, 20 January 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 24 March 1918.

On leave to England, 21 June 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 8 July 1918.

On leave to Paris, 21 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 30 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 21 March 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 6 April 1919.

Marched out to Australian General Base Depot for England (on duty), 10 April 1919; disembarked Southampton, 15 April 1919.

Granted leave with pay and fees (Non Military Employment), 28 April-9 June 1919: Buckingham Gate Motor Works, 24 Spencer Street, London SW (course of instruction in electrical motors).

Admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 8 June 1919.

Granted leave without pay (family), 24 June-23 September 1919: address: Drombane, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland.

Retransferred to 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company on expiration of Non-Military Employment, 23 September 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Pakeha', 6 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 November 1919; discharged, Sydney, 2 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 October 1953
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRETT Thomas

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