Thomas William Bingham
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||14 Jul 1899|
|Place of Birth||Williams Bridge, Western Australia|
|Death||28 Mar 1979, aged 79|
|Place of Death||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||41 years, 10 months|
|Address||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Ethel May Bingham|
|Date of Enlistment||25 May 1942|
|Unit/Formation||26th Australian Employment Company|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
During 1926 Thomas married Ethel May Pumphrey in Perth. Ethel died in Armadale on 23 Dec 1981 aged 79.
Electoral Roll entries: 1925 - 1931 at Seventh road, Armadale, labourer; 1936 - 1943 at Third road, Armadale, labourer.
discharged 7 Dec 1944
Electoral Roll entries: 1954 at Clifton road, Byford, settler; 1958 at Carradine road, Armadale, labourer; 1963 - 1968 at Eleventh avenue, labourer; 1972 - 1977 at 32 Robin Hood avenue, Armadale, labourer;
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 26th Company was not one of the 'alien' companies.