Thomas Clifford

First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Clifford
Alternate Spelling: 
Tom
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, July 19, 1896
Mother's Name: 
Mary Clifford
Father's Name: 
Joseph Clifford
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, July 12, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
35th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, May 28, 1977
Place of Death: 
Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney
Details: 

Thomas Clifford was born on 19 July 1896 to Joseph and Mary Clifford in Dapto. He worked as a fisherman prior to the war.

Like his older brother Edward Clifford, Thomas enlisted on 12 July 1917 at the age of 21. According to the Illawarra Mercury the people of Dapto presented him with a pocket wallet and a packet of linen-back playing cards on his final week. He embarked from Sydney on 2 August 1917. That same month he fell ill to influenza whilst at sea. He was discharged from hospital on 11 August 1918.

Thomas returned to Australia on 3 April 1919 receiving the British War and Victory medals. He married Ellen Doris Schofield in 1933, Paddington, New South Wales and together they had a son Maxwell Edward, who sadly died at the age of three.

He also served in World War Two in the 2nd Garrison Battalion.

Thomas Clifford died at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney on 28 May 1977. He is buried at West Dapto Catholic Cemetery.

Sources: 
AWM, First World War Embarkation Roll- Thomas Clifford, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2014, http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1871268/, viewed 18 June 2014.
Hill, Wayne, Inscription for Thomas Clifford, n.d, Australian Cemetery Index, 2014, http://austcemindex.com/inscription.php?id=6386338, viewed 18 June 2014.
‘Dapto’, Illawarra Mercury, 6 July 1917, p.2.
NAA: B2455, CLIFFORD T

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