Ernest Charles Thomas
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||not known 1884|
|Place of Birth||Pinjarrah, Western Australia|
|Death||29 Sep 1917|
|Place of Death||Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at Enlistment||32 years old|
5'7½" (1.71m) tall ; 166 lbs|
75.296 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Mornington Mills, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Ella Thomas|
|Date of Enlistment||6 Apr 1916|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 20th Reinforcements / 4th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||13 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A23 Suffolk|
Wounded in action 26 Sep 1917 |
Died of Wounds 29 Sep 1917
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
Married Ellen (Ella) Siford during 1907 at Jarrahdale.
Ten days after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Ernest was allocated to the 20th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. During training he was given the rank of Lance Corporal until he travelled to France where he reverted to Private.
On arrival in England he was sent to the 4th Training Battalion to prepare for action on the Western Front, and embarked on HMT Princess Victoria for France in Folkestone Harbour on 16 Jan 1917.
In France he spent three days in the 4th Division's Base Depot before joining the 16th Battalion at Mametz where it was performing general fatigue duties in a rear camp. On 15 Mar 1917 Ernest was seen by the 13th Australian Field Ambulance who treated him for scabies until 21 Mar 1917 when he returned to duty. Soon after, on 14 Jun 1917 Ernest was charged with being Absent from his billet at 9:30pm; and, When on active service, being in town without a pass. His award was forfeiture of 7 days pay.
Despite this, on 11 Aug 1917 he was again appointed Lance Corporal, before being badly wounded in action on 26 Sep 1917. During the attack that was to become known as Polygon Wood, Ernest was a victim of a shell. With wounds to both legs and an arm, he was admitted to the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, but following surgery to remove both legs due to compound fractures, he died from those wounds on 29 Sep 1917.
Wife Ella was granted a pension of 40/- pf from 12 Dec 1917; her son Leslie Ernest Charles receives 20/- pf; daughter Amy May 15/- pf; son Ernest Alfred 10/- per fortnight; daughter May Elizabeth 10/- per fortnight and son Reginald William 10/- per fortnight. Other children, living in Kalgoorlie were also to receive pensions, son Lionel Gordon 20/- pf; and daughter Hazel Hope 15/- per fortnight. Ella remarried in 1920 to George T Boland, and she died on 11 Mar 1970 in Como, aged 79.
Ernest is the best match to the E Thomas listed on both the handwritten List and the Jarrahdale Roll of Honour Board. Note, the handwritten list does not indicate his death.