Thomas SADLER

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SADLER, Thomas

Service Number: 2429
Enlisted: 25 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Strathalbyn, South Australia, 1895
Home Town: Belvidere, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Strathalbyn Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 June 1916
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2429, 27th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2429, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Adelaide

Bio

THOMAS SADLER born 1895. He joined the 27th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements, 7th Brigade 1st AIF on the 25th of June 1915 and was allotted the service number 2429. He was 5 feet, 8 inches and weighed 144 lbs.
Thomas embarked on the “HMAT Themistocles” from Adelaide on the 13th of October 1915.
He was taken on strength 12th January 1916 Tel el Kebir. He embarked 16th March from Alexandria and disembarked Marseilles on the 21st of March and began training for northern France.
In April and May the Battalion was in action in Armentieres. They were in the trenches at Messines on the 1st of July 1916. There was intermittent shelling and the trenches and wire was in bad condition. The enemy opened a hurricane of bombardment on the 3rd of July 1916 with the trenches being very badly damaged.
Thomas was Killed in Action this same day, 3rd July 1916 France.
He was buried in the Ration Farm Cemetery, La Chapelle-Darmentieres by Rev. W.C Smith. Plot I, Row G7. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star.

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"THE LATE PTE. T. SADLER.

BELVIDERE. June 25.— News has been received here that Pte. T. Sadler, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Sadler, of Belvidere East, has been killed at the front. This young soldier was the first to enlist from this neighbourhood. He left Australia in September last year. Widespread sorrow was expressed when his death became known, as the deceased was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Pte. Sadler had lived in the district practically all his life, but prior to enlisting had been engaged upon railway construction work east of the Murray." - from the Adelaide Observer 08 Jul 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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