Thomas Joseph CANNY

CANNY, Thomas Joseph

Service Number: 3170
Enlisted: 2 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Cradock, South Australia, July 1895
Home Town: Cradock, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Schooling: Sacred Heart College, Somerton Park, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Geraldton Western Australia, 13 August 1981
Cemetery: Dongara Cemetery
Memorials: Cradock District WW1 Roll of Honor, Cradock War Memorial, Hawker Residents of Hawker Honour Roll, Hawker War Memorial Park, Hawker and District WW1 Roll of Honor, Karoonda District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

2 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3170, Adelaide, South Australia
8 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3170, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3170, 9th Light Horse Regiment, RMS Karmala, Adelaide
30 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 3170, 9th Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Thomas Joseph Canny was born at Cradock, South Australia located in the Flinders Rangers in July of 1895. His father was Mr Nicholas Reuben Canny and his mother, Mrs Mary Jane Hackett. Thomas Joseph Canny undertook the occupation of being a farmer before he went on to enlist in the Army at only 21 years of age. He enlisted on the 2nd of October in 1916 and he embarked on the 8th of February in 1917. At the age of 21, Thomas Joseph Canny's appearance was 5 foot 11, current weight 168 pounds, and his chest measurement was 35.37 inches. The complexion of his skin was medium, his eye colour was grey and his hair colour was brown.

When Thomas Joseph Canny joined the army, he was allocated a service number being 3170 and he had started off with his rank being a Private which is known as a soldier. Thomas Joseph Canny was assigned to the 9th Light Horse Regiment which was formed in South Australia and then they went ahead and trained in Melbourne. The ship that Thomas Joseph Canny travelled on was named the RMS Karmala. He fought with the Light Horse in the Middle East.

After surviving his time in the army, Thomas Joseph Canny was very lucky to have survived as many people within the 9th Light Horse Regiment suffered multiple losses, Thomas Joseph Canny safely was discharged back to his home in Australia on the 30th of September in 1919 where he lived his life for another 61 years. On the 13th of August in 1981, Thomas Joseph Canny had died suddenly in Geraldton located in Western Australia however the way that Thomas had died was never discovered. Thomas Joseph Canny had lived a good life with his wife, Winifred Louisa McInerney and his 4 children, Joan Mary, John Nicholas, Thomas Patrick and Phillip Terence Canny. His body was buried in the Dongara Cemetery located in Dongara, Western Australia.

Till this day Thomas Joseph Canny has multiple different memorials for his family to remember him by, these memorials being the Cradock District WW1 Roll Of Honour, Cradock War Memorial, Hawker Residents Of Hawker Honour Roll, Hawker War Memorial Park, Hawker And District WW1 Roll Of Honour and lastly the Karoonda District Roll Of Honour.