THOMSON, Adam Bain

Service Number: 1183
Enlisted: 5 October 1914, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Queenscliffe Barracks, Victoria, 24 January 1888
Home Town: Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria
Schooling: Williamstown Central School
Occupation: Labourer & Miner
Died: Accidental head injuries, Albert, France, 16 February 1917, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Albert Communal Extension Cemetery
Plot 1, Row R, Grave 19, Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Albert, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Williamstown Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1183, 9th Infantry Battalion, Townsville, Queensland
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1183, 9th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1183, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
2 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1183, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Gun shot wound to left shoulder
20 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 9th Infantry Battalion
16 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1183, 9th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Adam Bain THOMSON was born in the Queenscliffe Barracks in Victoria on 24th January, 1888

His parents were Wemyss THOMSON & Isabella SMITH who married in Victoria in 1874 - Wemyss was born in Caithness in Scotland & Isabella came from Leith (Scotland)

Adam was well known in the Health and Strength Socity, Hobson's Bay Swimming Club, Surfers' Club and Hobson's Bay Yacht Club.  He was a cousin to Lieutenant Rothewell A Gordon, MC.

He had previous service with the Senior Cadets & the Victorian Scottish Regiment before he enlisted in Townsville, Queensland on 5th October, 1914 & embarked with the 9th Infantry Battalion, 1st reinforcements on 22nd December, 1914 on the HMAT Themistocles

Adam was wounded at Gallipoli on 2nd May, 1915 with a gun shot wound to his left shoulder

He died on 16th February, 1917 at the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance of accidental head injuries received in the execution of his duty & is buried in the Albert Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot 1, row R, grave 19)

Medals:  1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

Memorials:  Australian War Memorial & Williamstown Honour Board