Thomas William Bingham

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Thomas William Bingham
Personal Information
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
Military Information
Reg Number W62564
Date of Enlistment 25 May 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 26th Australian Employment Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

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.

War Service

discharged 7 Dec 1944

Post War

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.

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