Thomas William CUNNINGHAM

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CUNNINGHAM, Thomas William

Service Number: 9612
Enlisted: 10 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 11th Field Company Engineers
Born: Cavenagh, South Australia, 15 March 1894
Home Town: Stanthorpe, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer, South Australian Railways
Died: Illness, To Be Determined, Abbeville, France, Belgium, 4 March 2019, aged 124 years
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Abbeville, Picardie, France.Plot V, Row G, Grave No, 13, Charleroi Communal Cemetery, Charleroi, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Peterborough Public School Honour Board WW1, Peterborough St Anacletus Catholic Church Honour Board WW1, Peterborough War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
31 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 9612, 11th Field Company Engineers
31 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 9612, 11th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Suevic, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Emily Cunningham

Thomas William Cunningham was born in Cavenagh, in the mid-north of South Australia on the 15th of March 1894. He was the son of James William and Alice Cunningham of Oodla-Wirra, South Australia.

Before enlisting for the war, with no previous military experience, he worked as a laborer for the South Australian Railways. Enlisting on the 10th of February 1916, he embarked on the 31st of May 1916 on the HMAT Suevic A29. Throughout the war he worked with the 11th Field Company Engineers as a driver but after just three years at the front he died of illness. Cunningham died on the 2nd of March, aged 22 years.

Cunningham was buried in Abbeville, France and his name is located in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial as the 23rd soldier.

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