Thomas John Geary
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||16 Nov 1900|
|Place of Birth||Toodyay, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||43 years, 6 months|
|Address||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Ruby Geary|
|Date of Enlistment||29 May 1944|
|Unit/Formation||5th Australian Employment Company|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at Stirling terrace Toodyay, greengrocer;
Enlisted in Sydney, NSW.
discharged 24 Oct 1945
During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.
Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 5th Company was not one of the alien companies, being manned by British citizens.