Thomas (Piper) READ

READ, Thomas

Service Number: 199
Enlisted: 10 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wickham, New South Wales, Australia, December 1885
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 9 June 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium, Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 199, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Involvement Private, 199, 35th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, 199, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

106 years ago today, on the 9th June 1917, Private Thomas Read, referred to as Piper, 35th Battalion (Reg No-199), carter from 11 Greenway Street, Wickham, New South Wales, was Killed in Action at the Battle of Messines, age 31 years, 6 months. Cause of death not stated.

Born at Wickham, New South Wales about December 1885 to William Edward (died 18.12.1920, Wickham, N.S.W., age 64) and Mary Jane Read (died 28.9.1931, Petersham, N.S.W., age 68) of 67 Albany Road, Stanmore, N.S.W., Piper enlisted on the 10th January 1916 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A24 Benalla on the 1st May 1916.
Admitted to hospital 24.3.1917 (boils on neck).

Place of Association – Wickham, New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Read’s name has also been inscribed on the Book of Gold, Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial, Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board (1), Hamilton-Rose of Hamilton Lodge, G.U.O.O.F. Roll of Honour and the Newcastle Wharf Labourers' Union Roll of Honor.

Unfortunately, there is no memorial inscription at the Read gravesite to tell us of their loss during The Great War, and I am unable to erect a Memorial cross, so I have placed poppies in remembrance of Piper’s service and supreme sacrifice for God, King & Country. METHODIST 1 (WESLEYAN) K SE. 12.

Younger brother George (born 24.9.1890, Wickham, New South Wales, married labourer from Greenway Street, Wickham, New South Wales, enlisted 7.8.1916, Reg No-3172, 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion, discharged 27.7.1920, not eligible for War Medals, died 1970?) also served 1st A.I.F.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.