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Thomas BROSNAN

Regimental number3486
Place of birthSt. Mary, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressClonmel, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 9.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, D Brosnan, Tower Cottage, Clonmel, CoTipperary, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 11 years in the Royal Irish Constabulary.
Enlistment date26 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3486A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Company
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Discharge date4 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Australia, 17 December 1915. Marched out from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Caledonian' and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916.

Found guilty, 2 October 1916, of overstaying leave: sentenced to forfeit 3 days' pay. Transferred to 5th Divisional Salvage Company, 21 January 1917, and taken on strength, 27 January 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 February 1917, and transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 12 February 1917 (influenza); discharged to unit, 22 February 1917; proceeded on leave, 13 May 1917; marched into Drafting Depot, Perham Downs, 6 June 1917.

Marched into 5th Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 11 June 1917; moved out to field, 19 June 1917; rejoined unit from 5th Australian General Base Depot, 21 June 1917.

Found guilty, 25 June 1917, of being absent without leave, 25 May, to 6.30 am, 6 June 1917: awarded 12 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 25 days' pay.

Admitted to 36th Field Ambulance, 29 March 1918, and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 March 1917 (herpes zoster); admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 31 March 1918; transferred to 26th General Hospital, 2 April 1918; to 25th General Hospital, 5 April 1918. Proceeded to England, 12 April 1918, and admitted to Cornelia Auxiliary Hospital, Poole, 13 April 1918; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 20 May 1918; discharged on furlough, 25 May 1918. Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 June 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, 21 June 1918 (influenza); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 29 June 1918.

Found guilty at Sutton Veny, 22 July 1918, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 16 July, to 3.30 pm, 21 July 1918: awarded 10 days Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 15 days' pay. Found guilty at Sutton Veny, 17 August 1918, of being out of bounds, 11.30 pm, 17 August 1918: sentenced to forfeit 2 days' pay. Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, 21 August 1918.

Proceeded to France through Dover, 3 October 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 5 October 1918; moved out to field, 9 October 1918; rejoined unit, 11 October 1918; proceeded on leave to United Kingdom, 12 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 3 January 1919; moved out from field, 3 February 1919; marched out from Australian General Base Depot and proceeded to England, 14 February 1919; disembarked Weymouth, 15 February 1919, and marched into Training Brigade Camp.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Wyreema', 13 April 1919; disembarked Sydney, 3 June 1919. Discharged Sydney, 4 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROSNAN Thomas

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