Adolphus Henry TOLHURST

TOLHURST, Adolphus Henry

Service Number: Chaplain
Enlisted: 1 September 1915
Last Rank: Captain (Chaplain 4th Class)
Last Unit: 2nd Remount Unit
Born: Windsor, Victoria, 17 January 1863
Home Town: Nagambie, Strathbogie, Victoria
Schooling: Sydney Technical College & Rawdon College, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Occupation: Presbyterian Miniister
Died: Natural causes (Illness), Elsternwick, Victoria, 27 August 1930, aged 67 years
Cemetery: Cheltenham (Pioneer) Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Nagambie War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Chaplain, Australian Army Chaplains' Department, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
18 Aug 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , 2nd Remount Unit, Transferred from 6th Light Horse Regiment to 2nd Remount Unit
24 Apr 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Adolphus Henry TOLHURST was born on 17th January, 1863 in Windsor, Victoria

His parents were George TOLHURST and Ann GIBBONS

In 1895 in Barrow upon Soar, England he married Alice BETTS and had five known children, some born in England & the others back in Australia - Alice died on 5th April, 1960 and is buried in Cheltenham Old Cemetery in Victoria

He had previous service of four and a half years as Chaplain (4th class) with the ACMF in Seymour Headquarters, Victoria

He enlisted on 1st September, 1915 as a Chaplian for the voyage only and embarked from Sydney on 5th October, 1915 on ship Themistocles with the 12th Convoy. - he was allotted to hospital & other duties in Egypt from 1st September, 1915

Also attached as Camp Chaplin -transferred to Remount Unit as Camp Chaplin at Maadi on 19th Feb. 1916 transferred from 6th Light Horse Regiment to 2nd Remount Unit on 18th August, 1916 -posted to the 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot on 11th September, 1916  he became ill with cerebral symptoms and was admitted to 3rd General Hospital, Wandsworth on 12th Sept.1916 & was then attached to 1st Australian London Divisional base depot in France on 7th October 1916 and later had a stroke on 22nd Nov. 1916

His appointment was terminated on 24th April, 1917 and he returned to Australia on the ship Benalla leaving Plymouth, UK on 13th Feb. 1917 and arriving in Melbourne on 10th March, 1917

Adolphus died on 27th August, 1930 at his home at 92a Orrong Road, Elsternwick, Victoria and is buried in Cheltenham Old Cemetery



Many there are throughout Dandenong, Cranbourne & Berwick who have deplored the death of the Reverend A H Tolhurst at the age of 67 years.  He is remembered greatly as Chaplain at the Broadmeadows camp and as having served with the AIF in Egypt , in England and in France.  As minister he was in charge also of the Presbyterian Churches at Kilmore, Nagambie, Dimboola and Berwick and simiilarly held charges in New South Wales & Queensland. He is now buried in the  Cheltenham Cemetery." - from the Dandenong Jounal 11 Sep 1930 (