Service Number: 1977
Enlisted: 12 January 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sale, Victoria, 8 March 1889
Home Town: Sale, Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Heart State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 March 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Picardie
Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Peronne, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bundalaguah, Montgomery & Mrytlebank Roll of Honour, Sale Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

12 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1977, Melbourne, Victoria
8 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1977, 58th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1977, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ajana, Melbourne
14 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1977, 59th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by Beverly Rogers

"Upon the Rev. Godfrey Smith devolved the painful duty of apprising Mr. and Mrs J. W. Thomas of Stratford Road, that their son, Pte. David Thomas, was killed in action in France on March 14th. The sympathy of the community is accorded the bereaved parents. The municipal flag was at halfmast yesterday in honor of Pte. Thomas, another who gave his life for King and Country." - from the Gippsland Times 05 Apr 1917 (nla.gov.au)