Charles Thomas (Tom) AYERS


AYERS, Charles Thomas

Service Number: 3002
Enlisted: 5 August 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Temora, New South Wales, 26 April 1886
Home Town: Cootamundra, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Schooling: Brawlin Public School
Occupation: Tram guard
Died: Killed in Action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cootamundra Sacred Heart Catholic Church Memorial, Cootamundra War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

5 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, Sydney, New South Wales
8 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Sydney
13 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 55th Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, 55th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

Great Uncle Tom

The family came from Cootamundra in NSW. The boys where well liked at school, there are many newspaper clippings in the local papers for the boys in honour of them and there brothers in arms.

There are two plaques donated to the Catholic Church in Paddington where the family moved to. The plaques were donated by their loving mother.

Sydney and Tom where killed in action in the same year.

Grand-dad Vic came home. These boys are well honoured in our family even today and we celebrate their lives and memories .

Thank You for your Service. - Kathrine Ayers Smith

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Charles was one of 11 children of Thomas and Ellen Ayers.

His brother Sydney served and died of wounds in France, while his other brother Victor, having returned injured, re-enlisted and returned for active service a second time WW1. Other brothers Tom and Eugene also served.

Charlie was very much loved and is greatly missed by his family. Charlie's name is etched into the Menin Gate (Ypres, Belgium) Memorial at Panel 29.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 29 and the son of Thomas Gabriel Ayers and Ellen Mary Ayers, of "Fernleigh," Third and Holden Streets, South Ashfield, New South Wales.

His brother, Lieutenant Sydney Winton Ayers, aged 24 also fell. He served with 68th (R.F.C.) Squadron. Australian Flying Corps and rests in LEBUCQUIERE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION-Grave  I.D.12