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Thomas Donald Neilson

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Thomas Donald Neilson
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 19 Jan 1915
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Death 17 Jan 1999, aged 84
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 6 months
Description 5'10" (1.78m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair ; scar on left leg
Occupation Barman
Religion Presbyterian
Address Railway parade, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Mary Neilson
Military Information
Reg Number W9130 & WX29941
Date of Enlistment 17 Dec 1941
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 16th Australian Infantry Battalion (Cameron Highlanders Regiment)
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 21 Nov 1944 ‒ 26 Nov 1944
Transport Details USAT Evangaline Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 14 Sep 1945 ‒ 14 Sep 1945
Transport Details plane Lae, New Guinea to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia (medical)
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1943 in Railway parade, Armadale, shop assistant

War Service

Enlisted in the CMF on 6 Mar 1941, and was a member of the 16th Australian Infantry Battalion (Cameron Highlander's Regiment) based at the Melville camp. Thomas was called up for full time service on 16 Dec 1941. On 11 Mar 1942 he was found to have been AWOL from 7:00am to 1:30pm on 9 Mar 1942. Fined 4/- and forfeited 6/- for the day's pay. Soon after on 10 Apr 1942 at Childers he was appointed Lance Corporal, and 11 days later on 21 Apr 1942 Acting Corporal. From 26 until 29 Apr 1942 he was in the care of the 8th Casualty Clearing Station at Helena Vale.


Thomas joined the AIF on 13 Jul 1942, and on 13 Aug 1942 he was made Lance Sergeant. From 18 Sep until 18 Oct 1942 he attended a course that he received an 83% pass on. In February 1943, along with the rest of the battalion he moved to the Northern Territory defensive line via Adelaide where they spent a fortnight before moving north. On 19 Mar 1943 they arrived in Darwin, and on 17 May his rank of Corporal was confirmed. On 24 Jul 1943 Thomas was transferred to the 2nd Australian Infantry Training Brigade and on 28 Aug 1943 he was detached to the 2nd Australian Army's Training School where he participated in the Warrant Officers & NCOs Course No. 60.


On 4 Oct 1943 he rejoined the Training Brigade, remaining with them until he transferred back to the 16th Battalion on 10 Oct 1944. On 21 Nov 1944 the battalion embarked on the USAT Evangaline for Jacquinot Bay on New Britain, arriving there on 26 Nov 1944. A month later he was promoted to Acting Sergeant, with that rank being confirmed on 23 Mar 1945. On 30 Jul 1945 Tom was evacuated to the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance for treatment to dermatitis on his face, forearms and thighs. They treated him until 19 Aug 1945 when he was transferred to the 2/8th Australian General Hospital at Lae, New Guinea who treated him before forwarding him to the 2/7th Australian General Hospital on 7 Sep 1945. On 14 Sep 1945 a further change saw him at the 3rd Australian Camp Hospital who prepared him for the flight that day from Lae, New Guinea to Archerfield in Brisbane. there on 3 Oct 1945 he was placed on an Ambulance Train to the 115th Australian Base Hospital in Heidelberg arriving there on 5 Oct 1945. On 14 Oct he was entrained for Perth where on 16 Oct 1945 he entered the 110th Australian Base Hospital. On the next day he was transferred to the 75th Australian Camp Hospital in Claremont.


On 24 Oct 1945 he was well enough to be posted to the 10th Australian Garrison Battalion until 30 Nov 1945 when he was transferred to the 11th Australian Detention Barracks. On 23 Dec 1945 he was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital with malaria and an infection, returning to his unit on 4 Jan 1946. Tom was discharged on 28 Mar 1946.

Post War

Married Joyce Henrietta Stalker during 1949.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 Fourth road, Armadale, barman; 1954 - 1977 Robin Hood avenue, Armadale, shop assistant; 1977 - 1980 at 22 Werndley street, Armadale, labourer

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