Thomas Richard FENNER


FENNER, Thomas Richard

Service Number: 5373
Enlisted: 14 February 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Talbot, Victoria, April 1892
Home Town: Dunach, Central Goldfields, Victoria
Schooling: Grey Brae State School
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 29 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5373, Melbourne, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5373, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5373, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
29 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5373, 14th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 1892 in Dunach, Victoria

Father John Fenner 
(Gen XVI JOHANNES FENNER, born 10/02/1841 in Germany - d. 13/07/1923 Victoria)
migrated to Australia on Malaysian Fenner Line (1841-1923)
Mother Mary Walton (nee Thomas) Fenner
(b. 17/02/1852 Thebarton, SA - d. 14/02/1939 Dunach, near Talbot, Victoria)
lived at Yendon, Victoria.

A School Teacher in Yendon, Victoria

Next of kin in service:
WWII - Lieutenant Commander (Royal Australian Navy) Thomas Richard Fenner
           Commander of HMAS Lonsdale
           Returned to Australia

WWII   Major Frank John Fenner

Described on enlisting as 23 years 9 months of age; single; 5' 6.5" tall; 152 lbs;
fresh complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Church of England

14/02/1916    enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria

01/04/1916    appointed to 14th Battalion, 17th reinforcements, Broadmeadows Camp

04/04/1916    embarked from Port of Melbourne, Victoria, onboard HMAT A14 Euripides
                     as a Private in 14th Battalion, 17th reinforcements

21/07/1916    proceeded overseas to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Rollestone, England

29/07/1916    marched in to 4th Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France

12/08/1916    taken on strength of 14th Infantry Battalion, in the field, France

29/08/1916    Killed in Action at Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France

Buried behind the Parados, while the 14th Battalion was in line in front of Mouquet Farm.

No known grave

Medals:         British War medal (35677) and Victory medal (35413)
                    Memorial Plaque and Scroll (308654)

His name is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.

His name is commemorated on his parents grave at Amherst Cemetery, Victoria.

His name is commemorated on Panel 72 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  05/01/2017.  Lest we forget.