Thomas Benjamin RADBONE

Badge Number: 71275, Sub Branch: Kilburn

RADBONE, Thomas Benjamin

Service Number: 5426
Enlisted: 6 January 1916
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: West Adelaide, South Australia , 30 November 1888
Home Town: Kent Town, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bricklayer/Builder
Died: 20 May 1971, aged 82 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Aldgate War Memorial, Bridgewater Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1916: Enlisted
11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 5426, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 5426, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, 5426, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Will Bowman

Thomas Benjamin Radbone started his life on the 29th of November, 1888 in West Adelaide. He lived with his mother, Catherine, and father, James, and his fifteen other siblings. Eight girls and seven other boys.

Thomas knew that his brother, Henry Gilmore, had gone to the war so he had support to go to the war and had the reason of going with his brother. He enlisted on the 4th of January, 1916 and he embarked on the 11th of April, 1916 at the age of twenty-six.

Thomas and Henry both fought in the tenth battalion but Henry started earlier.  Thomas fought in the Battle of Etaples. He then moved on to the Battle of Messines with the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F), fighting in the trenches and the flying corps. After the Battle of Messines, he went to battle in the third Battle of Ypres.

Near the end of the third Battle of Ypres, Thomas was granted leave for two weeks, from the 19th of October to the 2nd of November, 1917. One day after Thomas’s leave period, he had to go to hospital for dental issues. After seven days in hospital, he was discharged and he went back to the tenth battalion.

Thomas went on to battle in the Epehy battle. He received a shrapnel wound to the chest on the 18th of August, 1918 and was sent to England to be treated in hospital. By the time Thomas was discharged from hospital the war had just about ended and on the second of the January, 1919, he took a boat called the ‘Berrima’ back to Australia.

Thomas went back to being a bricklayer/builder. After the war, he married a woman called Queenie. They had five children Denzil, Betty, Rhonda, Josephine and Lorraine.

He is buried in Centennial Park, Adelaide.



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