Thomas Denteith

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Thomas Denteith
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Manchester, England
Death 11 Apr 1917
Place of Death Bullecourt, France
Age at Enlistment 42 years
Description 5'7½" (1.71m) tall ; 136 lbs
61.689 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Church of England
Address c/- Karri Timber Co, Barrabupp, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Adelaide Ester Denteith
Military Information
Reg Number 6251
Date of Enlistment 24 May 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement / 4th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 13 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A23 Suffolk
Fate Killed in Action 11 Apr 1917 1st Bullecourt
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1915 - 1916 Barrabupp, mill hand.

Prior to emigrating to Australia, Thomas had served for 7 years with the 3rd Hussars.

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 24 May 1916 and on 20 Jul 1916 he was allocated to the 20th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion, travelling with them to England.

On arrival in England he was sent to the 4th Training Battalion until he was ready for France, when he proceeded overseas through Folkestone aboard HMT Princess Victoria on 16 Jan 1917. On 21 Jan 1917 he had been taken on strength of the 16th Battalion who at that time were in Mametz rebuilding and retraining in addition to providing working parties.

In April, the battalion was a part of the attacking force during a battle that became known as 1st Bullecourt. Large numbers of troops were cut off in German lines when they were failed by both Artillery and tanks, with over a thousand captured. Initially Thomas was marked down as missing in action, and it wasn't until a Court of Enquiry was appointed on 30 Oct 1917 that he was declared to have been killed in action on 11 Apr 1917. Sadly his Red Cross file [1] is all but non-existent and tells us nothing in relation to the way that Thomas was killed.

  • Villers Bretonneu Memorial 2015 - photo L Reynolds
  • Portionof 16th Battalion panels - 2015 photo L. Reynolds

Adelaide Esther died in Claremont on 6 Jul 1947, aged 68


Although his records don't show the link to Jarrahdale other than by occupation, he is listed in the South West Advertiser articles, is on the hand written list held in the SJ Library and is included on the Jarrahdale Honour Board.

Son Thomas Harry Denteith served with the 2nd AIF during WW2. AASC Private WX500729.

  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Thomas Dentieth". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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