Thomas Leonard SULLIVAN

Badge Number: 16242, Sub Branch: Pt Pirie

SULLIVAN, Thomas Leonard

Service Number: 6155
Enlisted: 13 August 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Snowtown, South Australia, 16 July 1898
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mechanic
Died: 26 August 1965, aged 67 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Cornelian Bay Cemetery and Crematorium, Tasmania
Roman Catholic, Nd, Number 411
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Aug 1916: Enlisted
6 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 6155, 27th Infantry Battalion
6 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 6155, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
Date unknown: Wounded 6155, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Thomas Sullivan was the son of John Leonard and Annie Harriet “Nellie” (nee McMahon) Sullivan. As next of kin Nellie’s address was given as Port Broughton and later Kooringa.

Thomas was born in Snowtown on 16 July 1898. A mechanic, he was 18 years old when he enlisted in Adelaide on 13 April 1916.

Allocated to 17th Reinforcements 27 Battalion Thomas embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A19 “Afric” on 7 November 1916 and disembarked in Plymouth on 9 January 1917. On 3 April he proceeded overseas to France where he was taken on the strength of 27 Battalion on 9 April. Thirteen days later, when 27 Battalion was in the front line at Noreuil, Thomas was received a gunshot wound to his right thigh. He was evacuated to England and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham. Thomas returned to France twelve months later and was taken on strength of Australian Corps Working Party. At the conclusion of the war Thomas returned to England but illness delayed his return to Australia. He embarked from England on 6 October 1919 aboard HT “Pakeha” and disembarked on 21 November. He was discharged in Adelaide on 18 March 1920