Thomas Chester TRELEASE


TRELEASE, Thomas Chester

Service Number: 5101
Enlisted: 22 February 1916, Perth, WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Liskeard, St Ives, Cornwall, England, 1889
Home Town: Murrin Murrin, Leonora, Western Australia
Schooling: Boarding School
Occupation: Compositor
Died: Killed In Action, France, 1 June 1918
Cemetery: Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot 1, Row D, Grave 3, Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension, Franvillers, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial, Guildford War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5101, 28th Infantry Battalion, Perth, WA
18 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5101, 28th Infantry Battalion
18 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5101, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Fremantle
1 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5101, 28th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Thomas Chester (known as Chester) TRELEASE was born in the March quarter 1889 in Liskeard, Cornwall, England although on his enlistment papers he stated he was born in Michigan, USA - his brother had been born there while his Father was working there as a miner but the family had returned to England before his birth

His parents were Thomas Henry TRELEASE and Elizabeth Ann SEYMOUR who married in Liskeard in 1878

Thomas came to Australia on 24th June 1913, arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia on the ship Osterley.

He enlisted for WW1 on 22nd February, 1916 in Perth, WA and embarked with the 28th Infantry Battalion, 13th reinforcements on the HMAT Seang Bee on 18th July, 1916

He was killed in action on 1st June, 1918 along with 26 others in his battalion, by bombs being dropped by enemy aircraft near the village of La Houssoye in France - he is buried in Franvillers Communal Cemetery & Extension, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 3 

Thomas name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial,  The Guildford War Memorial in Western Australia, the Redruth Centennial Methodist Chapel War Memorial in Cornwall & his name is also recorded on his parents headstone in the St Euny Churchyard in Redruth, England - he was awarded the British War Medal 7 the Victory Medal.



TRELEASE - A loving tribute to the memory of Thomas Chester Trelease, killed in action, somewhere in France, June 1918

"A sacrifice for liberty, err life had scarce begun"

Inserted by his sincere friend, Dora K. Hall