Thomas John Geary

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Thomas John Geary
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Personal Information
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
Military Information
Reg Number WX41230
Date of Enlistment 29 May 1944
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 5th Australian Employment Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at Stirling terrace Toodyay, greengrocer;

War Service

Enlisted in Sydney, NSW.

discharged 24 Oct 1945

Post War


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.

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