Thomas Batey

First Name: 
Thomas (Tom)
Last Name: 
Batey
Mother's Name: 
Susannah Batey nee Little
Father's Name: 
William Batey
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, January 21, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Sergeant
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
Tunnelling Company 4
Company: 
1st
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Thomas Batey (Service No 3569) was born in Streator, Illinois, USA arond 1884.  In 1909 he married Agnes Laidlaw in England, and Tom & Agnes came to after 1911.  

At enlistment, Tom was 32 years old, employed as a miner, and lived at Balgownie, N.S.W.  Tom had served 4 years in the Coldstream Guards.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A69 Warialda with Tunnel Company 4, Headquarters 1 on 22nd May 1916 with the rank of Sergeant.  He arrived in England on 18th July 1916.  On 3rd August, Tom arrived in France, then joined up with 1st Tunnel Company on 25th September 1916.  He saw service on the Western Front; on 29th January 1918 received a minor wound but was able to remain on duty.

Tom returned to Australia in May 1919 and was discharged from the AIF on 17th August 1919.

Agnes died in Wollongong, N.S.W. in 1944, after which Thomas went to New Zealand. In 1949 Tom wrote the Army asking about a pension.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BATEY T

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