Thomas James SKIPPER


SKIPPER, Thomas James

Service Number: 1995
Enlisted: 25 February 1916, Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Barker, Penola, South Australia, Australia, 18 October 1871
Home Town: Marble Bar, East Pilbara, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Prospector
Died: Pulmonary Tuberculois , Fovant Military Hospital, United Kingdom, 7 January 1918, aged 46 years
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Headstone inscription reads: Though comparatively little I did my best Chaplain Dean Brennan officiated. Undertaker was G. Hansord, Wagon Works, Anstey, Wiltshire. Coffin was of polished elm with brass fittings , Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery, Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Marble Bar War Memorial, Mount Barker Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Roll of Honor, Mount Barker War Memorial, Port Hedland Pilbarra Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

25 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1995, 51st Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
18 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1995, 51st Infantry Battalion
18 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1995, 51st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Fremantle
2 Apr 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1995, 51st Infantry Battalion, Gunshot wound to the right knee and evacuated to England 8 April 1917

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Place of birth was as it appeared on Book/Page 101/218 Thomas lowered his age by two years when he enlisted

Son of Octavius Skipper and Annie (nee Bourke) Skipper; brother of Robert Skipper, Michael John Skipper, Jane Elizabeth Skipper, Mary Ann Skipper, Octavius W. Skipper, and Catherine Anne Theresa

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal were released to his brother Octavius Skipper of Innaminka

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

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

Died on this date - 7th January........Private Thomas James Skipper was born in 1871 at Mount Barker, South Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in February, 1916 as a 43 year old Prospector (previously Accountant) from Marble Bar, Western Australia.

Private Skipper embarked for France on 28th November, 1916. He was admitted to Hospital with suspected Mumps on 5th January, 1917 & rejoined 51st Battalion on 26th February, 1917.

Private Skipper was wounded in action with GSW to knee on 2nd April, 1917. He was returned to England for recovery & on 1st July, 1917 Private Skipper was posted permanently to the No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire.

Private Thomas James Skipper was admitted to Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire – seriously ill on 31st December, 1917. He died at 10.30 p.m. on 7th January, 1918 from Phthisis (Tuberculosis).
Private Skipper was buried in Compton Chamberlayne War Graves Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 27 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.…