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Thomas Allan Bottrell

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Thomas Allan Bottrell
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 30 Mar 1896
Place of Birth North Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 23 Oct 1963, aged 66
Place of Death Bassendean, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 10 months
Description 5'7½" (1.m) tall ; 146lbs
66.224 kg
; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation labourer
Religion Methodist
Address Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Joshua Bottrell
Military Information
Reg Number 3785
Date of Enlistment 29 Nov 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement, transferred to 48th Battalion on 25 Apr 1916.
Date of Embarkation 12 Feb 1916 ‒ 11 Mar 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades
Date of Return 10 Jul 1916 ‒ 9 Aug 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A46 Clan McGillivray Suez to Melbourne
Fate Returned to Australia (Medical)
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Primary School Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

War Service

Entering camp on 29 Nov 1915, Thomas was allocated to the 9th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion on 16 Dec 1915, travelling with them to Egypt. On 26 Apr 1916 he was transferred to the 48th Battalion. On 12 May 1916 he presented to the 13th Field Ambulance with flat feet and on 18 May 1916 I was decided that he should face a Medical Board. On 19 May 1916 he transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Cairo to have his flat feet assessed, and the decision was that he was medically unfit, and was to return to Australia. On 13 Jun 1916 he was admitted to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Heliopolis remaining in their care until 10 Jul 1916.

Returned to Melbourne, he was then sent back to Perth by ship as the Transcontinental railway was not completed until October 1917.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 12 Oct 1916.

Post War

Granted a disability pension on discharge, the amount he received was reduced to 10 Shillings ($AUD 1) per fortnight from 8 Nov 1917.

Thomas married Violet Higgins in 1926. Violet died on 30 Mar 1960. They lived in Gosnells during the 1920s before moving to Victoria Park and later South Perth in the 1930s. By the 1940s they were living in North Beach, and in Bassendean in the 1950s.

Thomas enlisted during WW2 in the Citizens Military Forces - W68986 on 29 Mar 1942, and served with the Swanbourne Volunteer Defence Corps - 3rd Battalion.

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