Thomas MCDERMOTT

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MCDERMOTT, Thomas

Service Number: 3181
Enlisted: 18 September 1916, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Thames, New Zealand, 1886
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Government School
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 April 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3181, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
23 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3181, 51st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3181, 51st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Fremantle
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3181, 51st Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

Private Thomas McDermott - Service number: 3181

Thomas McDermott was born in the 3rd quarter of 1886, the ninth of eleven children, seven boys and four girls. His parents John McDermott (1844-1923) and Sarah Jane nee Smith (1850-1905) were married in Auckland in 1866, quite soon after they both arrived in New Zealand from England. They settled in Thames, Waikato, where his father and grandfather, John Smith, worked and had rights in the gold mines.All the children were born in Thames. In 1898 all the family except one brother left New Zealand and moved to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and continued working in the gold mines. When the First World War broke out, Thomas was the only one of the family to sign up to fight.
Thomas signed up on the 4th September 1916, part of the 51st Infantry Battalion, 8th reinforcement. His home address was the Federal Hotel, Kalgoorlie, and he was a miner.

Age: 28, 3 months.
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 132lbs.
Complexion: Ruddy.
Eyes: Hazel.
Hair: Brown.

23.12.1916: Embarkation: Fremantle, Australia - HMAT Berrima
16.2.1917: Disembarkation: Devonport, Plymouth, Devon, England.
21.2.1917: Marched into 16th Tng Btn Hurdcott, Wiltshire.
5.3.1917: Hurdcott Camp to 15th Battalion.
6.3.1917: Marched into 13th Tng Btn Codford, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
14.6.1917: Southampton, proceeded overseas to France.
15.6.1917: Arrival at Le Havre, France.
3.7.1917: Le Havre to join unit.
4.7.1917: 51st Battalion taken on strength into the field.
25.4.1918: Killed in action at Villers Bretonneux.

His identity disc was received by his brother George after it arrived back in Australia via ex Australcrag.

His nephew Reg Dewar, son of Arthur Ebenezer Dewar and Mary nee McDermott, died of his wounds on 7th January 1945, in New Guinea having fought in World War 2.

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