Thomas Charles Howard
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|Date of Birth||c1899|
|Place of Birth||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Death||18 Oct 1980, aged 80|
|Place of Death||Attadale, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 1 month|
5'8½" (1.74m) tall ; 150 lbs|
68.039 kg; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||'Oakdale' farm, Kenwick, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Jason Howard|
|Date of Enlistment||29 Jun 1917|
|Unit/Formation||1st Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, Sept (7th) Reinforcements / 1st Light Horse Brigade, ANZAC Mounted Division|
|Date of Embarkation||24 Nov 1917 ‒ 21 Dec 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||SS Canberra Fremantle to Port Suez|
|Date of Return||16 May 1919 ‒ 27 Jun 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMNZT Orari Kantara to Fremantle|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument||Kelmscott War Memorial (North panel)|
British War Medal |
Records indicate that while he received some of his training at Blackboy Hill camp, he was also at the Claremont and Karrakatta camps as he joined the 1st Machine Gun Squadron Reinforcements before embarking for Egypt. In the period before he left for overseas, he managed on nine occasions to be punished for minor misdemeanors - primarily avoidance of parades.
On arrival in Egypt he was sent to the reinforcements' training camp at Moascar where initially he was placed with the machinegun training squad until 3 Mar 1918 when he was sent to the Imperial School of Instruction for three weeks. Thomas joined the 1st Australian Machine Gun Squadron on 27 Apr 1918 at Ghezireh where he was employed as Apprentice shoesmith from 7 Sep 1918 until 12 Feb 1919 when he reverted to Trooper.
On 17 Nov 1918 at Richon in Palestine he was absent from the 11:30 Stable Parade, and was penalised with 4 days field punishment No.2 (see notes). He reverted to trooper on 12 Feb 1919, and from 23 Mar to 4 Apr 1919 he spent time in hospital at Kantara with Rubella. A month after his recovery it was time to head back to Australia.
Discharged 5th Military District 20 Jul 1919
Electoral Roll entries: 1925 Albany road, Kelmscott, labourer; 1931 - 1954 at 5 Camberwell street, Victoria Park, timber worker;
There is nothing in his army records to link him with the Kelmscott area, although he is listed on their memorial. However, his name is not recorded on either the Gosnells or Canning Rolls of Honour so his NOK's address for Army purposes might not have been his normal address. It seems he returned to the district as he appears on the 1925 Electoral Roll in Kelmscott.
Field punishment could be awarded by a court martial or a commanding officer for any offence committed on active service. There were two categories of field punishment. Field punishment No. 2 consisted of heavy labouring duties, and several hours a day shackled . All offenders awarded field punishment would march with their unit, carry their arms and accoutrements, perform all their military duties as well as extra fatigue duties, and be treated as defaulters.