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Thomas William Kerry

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Thomas William Kerry
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Stansted, Essex, England
Death 2 Apr 1917
Place of Death Noreuil, France
Age at Enlistment 43 years, 9 months
Description 5'9" (1.75m) tall ; 141 lbs
63.956 kg
; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Groom
Religion Protestant
Address Bush Landing, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Florence Anne Kerry
Military Information
Reg Number 3559
Date of Enlistment 29 Sep 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement, transferred to 51st Battalion / 13th Brigade / 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 17 Jan 1916 ‒ 9 Feb 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A30 Borda
Fate Killed in Action 2 Apr 1917, Noreuil
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

On 18 May 1911 Thomas Kerry arrived in Fremantle from Liverpool aboard the SS Pakeha, later to serve during WW1 as the HMNZT Pakeha.

Electoral Roll entry 1917 - No.1 Mill, Jarrahdale. Wife resided in Harlow, Essex, England, and following his death, she moved to USA.

War Service

On arrival in Egypt he was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Zeitoun and on 3 Mar 1916 he was transferred to the newly formed 51st Battalion at Tel-el Kebir.

On 5 Jun 1916 the 51st Battalion boarded HMT Ivernia for Marseilles, arriving there on 12 Jun 1916.

On 6 Jan 1917 Tom was hospitalised with Trench Feet (26 Jan - 14 Mar 1917 in the 6th Australian Field Ambulance), possibly being aggravated that day with a march from Buire to Fricourt. He rejoined the 51st Battalion on 15 Mar 1917 when they were again at Buire training before going back into the front lines yet again.

In the early morning of 2 Apr 1917, the 51st Battalion moved into position to attack the German front lines near Noureil. C Company were in reserve occupying the outpost line. They were held in reserve until 2:30pm in the afternoon when they moved forward to consolidate the ground won. However, it would appear from a witness statement that Tom had perished before the attack had commenced.

Initially registered as MIA, a Court of Enquiry in October 1917 declares him to have been KIA on 2 Apr 1917. From 3 Jul 1917 until 25 Oct 1925 his daughter (Joyce Elli) received a pension of 15/- per fortnight. His wife was granted the standard 40/- per fortnight paid to her USA address. It would appear that a daughter from an earlier marriage or relationship living in England (Vera Margaret) also received a pension of 20/- per fortnight from 3 Jul 1917 until 22 Aug 1923.

Red Cross file:[1].
"Kerry was in C Coy, and came from Perth, WA. I knew him well, as we came over together in the same Reinforcements, the 8th for the 28th. He had been a cook in C Company, but went back to the line. I made enquiries about him from several C Coy men, and heard that Kerry was blown to pieces by a shell, the night before we went over at Bullecourt." McCallum B. Pte 3667
  • Section of 51st Battalion panels
  • Villers Bretonneux Memorial Photo Linton Reynolds 2015


Notes

  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Thomas William Kerry". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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