Thorold TOLL

TOLL, Thorold

Service Number: 2695
Enlisted: 25 June 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Company
Born: Wickham, New South Wales, Australia, 24 April 1894
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Carrying firm manager
Died: POW of Germany - allied shell fire, France, 1 May 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Corbehem Communal Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

25 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2695, Liverpool, New South Wales
9 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2695, 13th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Runic embarkation_ship_number: A54 public_note: ''
9 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2695, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
23 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2695, 13th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
11 Apr 1917: Imprisoned Bullecourt (First)
1 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2695, 4th Machine Gun Company, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2695 awm_unit: 4th Australian Machine Gun Company awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-05-01

Private Thorold Toll

From Peter Barnes, Australia and NZ in WWI

102 years ago today, on the 1st May 1917, Private Thorold Toll, 4th Australian Machine Gun Company, manager, of "Ashkerbode", 122 Hannell Street, Wickham, New South Wales, died while a Prisoner of War, age 23.

Born at Wickham, New South Wales on the 24th April 1894 to Albert Frederick (died 1958) and Hannah Ellen (died 1935) Toll nee Roberts, Thorold enlisted June 1915 with the 13th Battalion at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Thorold was captured at Riencourt on 11 April 1917 and taken prisoner of war. On 1 May 1917, he, along with three others, were killed instantly whilst unloading ammunition from a train and an allied shell landed nearby.

Mr Toll is resting at Corbehem Communal Cemetery, France. N. E. part. Grave 65.

His name has been inscribed on the Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial (photo), Wickham Citizens Roll of Honour, Wickham (Dangar Street) Methodist Church Roll of Honour, Hamilton Wesley Church Roll of Honour, Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall. His name would be inscribed on the Newcastle Technical College Roll of Honour (not located).

Memorialised at his parent’s gravesite at Sandgate Cemetery. METHODIST 2 (PRIMITIVE) 14 NW. 12.

Many thanks to Mr Toll's Great Uncle, Phil Long, who provided me with photos and the following information.

He was an original ANZAC who was evacuated in the last week with pneumonia from Gallipoli.

Served in France until being captured in the First Battle of Bullecourt.

He and 3 others were killed by an Allied barrage shell on the 1st May 1917, while moving ammunition for the Germans, illegally (in contravention of the Rules of War at the time), near the French town of Corbehm.…/war-…/index.php…

Lest We Forget.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Thorold TOLL was born in 1894 in Wickham, NSW

His parents were Albert Frederick TOLL and Hannah Ellen ROBERTS who married in NSW in 1893