Albert Thomas

First Name: 
Albert
Last Name: 
Thomas
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, October 3, 1886
Mother's Name: 
Jane Thomas (nee Pearson)
Father's Name: 
William Thomas
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, March 14, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Company: 
2nd Reinforcement
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, November 30, 1964
Place of Death: 
Wollongong
Details: 

Albert (Bert) Thomas (Service No 1914) was born 3 October 1886.

When he was 15 he was working at Joe Izzard’s store and Charlie Ameera Box’s store, both at Albion Park, N.S.W., and was also delivering groceries throughout Shellharbour.

Bert opened up his own store at Waterloo, Sydney, and had also  worked for a time in a store at Queensland before enlisting in the AIF.

Bert embarked with the 41st Battalion from Brisbane, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August, 1916, and served on the Western Front, in France.

He was wounded in action on 1 August 1917, and admitted to hospital before returning to his unit a week later.  On 3 January 1918 Bert was again admitted to hospital, this time suffering from Trench Fever.  In September 1918 Bert was wounded a second time while serviing on the Front.

He returned to Australia on 12 Devember 1918,  After Bert returned home he worked on cattle stations in Queensland.  A serious accident in Brisbane in 1929 eventually saw Bert return to the Illawarra where he died in 1965.

Sources: 
Thomas, Stan 1968 'One Hundred and Thirty Years
NAA: B2455, THOMAS A

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