Thomas Leslie DAVIES


DAVIES, Thomas Leslie

Service Number: 4520
Enlisted: 6 November 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Peppers Plain, Victoria, Australia, April 1896
Home Town: Lameroo, Southern Mallee, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 7 March 1917
Cemetery: Baverstock (St. Edith) Churchyard
INSCRIPTION IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR SON HIS LOVING PARENTS LAMEROO, S.A. , Baverstock (St Edith) Churchyard, Baverstock, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lameroo Memorial Window
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World War 1 Service

6 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4520, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4520, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4520, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Richard Num

Thomas Leslie Davies was born and educated in Peppers Plain, Victoria 3423, located between Warracknabeal and Jeparit.

In around 1906 the family moved to Lameroo, South Australia.


Eventually coming to rest at Lameroo in the states Murray Mallee region of South Australia just shy of the Victorian boarder the family took up farming.

Enlisting on 6 November 1916, Thomas Davies was allocated to the 12th Reinforcements of the 32nd Battalion - a blended SA and WA Battalion. After training in Adelaide he embarked on 16 December 1916 at Outer Harbour on HMAT Berrima (A35) bound for Devonport in the Mother Country.

On 2 March 1917, roughly two weeks after arriving in England Private Thomas Davies was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. Sadly he died of this illness five days later on 7 March 1917. He never saw combat service. He was aged 20 years old and buried at Baverstock (St. Edith) Churchyard in Wiltshire, England. He is one of 29 Australian's and 3 Englishmen soldiers to be buried there.

He is also commerated on his parents gravestone in Lameroo Cemetery with his father already passing away before Thomas enlisted. His brother, Driver Alfred Stanely Davies, 3797, also enlisted in the 32nd Battalion but returned to Australia in July 1919.       


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 20 and the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Davies, of Lameroo, South Australia.