DEDMAN, Thomas

Service Number: 2592
Enlisted: 21 July 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Walhalla, Victoria, 2 July 1884
Home Town: Walhalla, Baw Baw, Victoria
Schooling: Walhalla State School
Occupation: Mounted Qld Police Constable
Died: Killed in Action, France, 23 July 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Childers Memorial Hall (Isis District Pictorial War Memorial), Isis District Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2592, 26th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
21 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2592, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2592, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Brisbane
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2592, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Charles Henry and Elizabeth DEDMAN.

"Constable Thomas Dedman served in the Queensland Police for six years before being granted a leave of absence to join the A.I.F in 1915. He, like Corporal Thompson embarked aboard the HMAT Seang Bee A48 on the 21 of October 1915 as part of the 26th Infantry Battalion. On arrival in Egypt the A.I.F was re-organised by creating 16 new Battalions, each containing several experienced soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. Dedman was posted to the 12th Battalion where we was promoted to Corporal. His company left Alexandria and arrived in Marseilles on the 5  of April 1916, and then they travelled by train to Belgian Flanders. In early July, the 12th Battalion moved to take part in the attack on the village of Pozieres, set for the 23 of July 1916. Corporal Dedman was last seen when the 12th Battalion went ‘over the top’ during an attack on the 23 of July. There are conflicting accounts of what occurred and how Corporal Dedman was killed. One report states he was killed by a shell at 5am that morning, another report states he was killed by machine gun fire during an attack on the 24 of July as he did not return with the men who were forced back to their trench.  His body was not found after the attack and a court of inquiry found that he was killed in action between the 23 and 24 of July 1916. His remains were found some months later and he was buried in an unmarked grave near Pozieres, supposedly in the Pozieres British Cemetery. He was 34 years old." - SOURCE (