Thomas Henry GOSS

GOSS, Thomas Henry

Service Number: 3071
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kew, Victoria, 1883
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: St. Ignatius Roman Catholic School.
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Illness - Bright's Disease, United Kingdom, 28 August 1917
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1917: Involvement Private, 3071, 37th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ballarat embarkation_ship_number: A70 public_note: ''
19 Feb 1917: Embarked Private, 3071, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
28 Aug 1917: Involvement Private, 3071, 37th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3701 awm_unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-08-28

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Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 28th August…… Thomas Henry Goss was born at Kew, Victoria in 1883.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 21st November, 1916 as a 33 year old, single, Carpenter from 84 Egan Street, Richmond, Victoria.

Private Thomas Henry Goss, Service number 3071, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Ballarat (A70) on 19th February, 1917 with the 37th Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 25th April, 1917.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

On 26th April, 1917 Private Goss was marched in to 10th Training Battalion at Durrington, Wiltshire  from Australia.

He was admitted to Tidworth Hospital on 18th June, 1917 – cause N.Y.D. (not yet determined). The Hospital Admissions form recorded Private Goss was suffering from Cerebro Spinal Fever from 18th June, 1917 until 10th August, 1917. “Admitted 1st day of disease very ill… On 5th day of disease pulse became irregular & he collapsed but revived. On the 8th day pericardial friction noticed he also developed orchitis; on the 10th day Pleural friction noticed. There was evidence of a large quantity of fluid in the pericardium but it slowly subsided.”  On 10th August, 1917 a new entry was made on the Hospital Admissions form with Bright’s Disease. “On Aug 10th albumen was found in the urine & oedema of the face back & ankles came on. Two throat swabs were negative. Pulse weak & irregular. On Aug 24th some fluid in right pleural cavity. No dyspnoea. Food taken well slept well. Died suddenly of syncope on Aug 28th.”


Private Thomas Henry Goss died at 3 am on 28th August, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Bright’s Disease.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)