Thomas Brown ORTON

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ORTON, Thomas Brown

Service Number: 211
Enlisted: 22 February 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Salvage Company
Born: Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, 1880
Home Town: Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Eaglehawk State School No. 210, Victoria
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 16 September 1917
Cemetery: The Huts Cemetery, Belgium
Plot V1,Row A, Grave no. 10
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Williamstown Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

22 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
30 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 23rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
27 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Pozières
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
2 Jul 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Divisional Salvage Company, Belgium
16 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 2nd Divisional Salvage Company, Third Ypres, Died of wounds (no details) while being conveyed from Advance Dressing Station to Main Dressing Station near Hellfire Corner.
16 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 211, 2nd Divisional Salvage Company, Third Ypres

Bendigo Advertiser - 2nd October, 1917

DIED FROM WOUNDS.
PRIVATE T. B. ORTON.

The sad news of the death of Private Thomas B. Orton, son of the late Mr. J. and Mrs. M. Orton, of Murdoch street, California Gully, was conveyed to the deceased's relatives on Sunday by the Rev. A. Brownlie.

Private Orton, who was 37 years of age, left Australia on the 8th May, 1915, with the 23rd. Battalion. He went to Gallipoli at the end of August, and remained there until the evacuation. He was subsequently transferred to France, and, although in the firing line for some considerable time, taking part in the fighting at the Somme, and in the fighting this year, he escaped injury until the middle of September. The only intimation received from the Defence department was that he died of wounds on the 16th September.

Prior to leaving this district seven years ago the deceased soldier, who was unmarried, was employed by Mr. Miles, of Kamarooka, as a grocer. He subsequently followed the same occupation with Mr. Williams, of Newport. He was well known, and held in very high esteem by a large circle of friends in Eaglehawk, Kamarooka, Newport and Williamstown districts, and his kind and genial disposition made him popular with all with whom he became associated. For some considerable time he was an ardent worker in connection with the Eaglehawk Presbyterian Church and Sunday School, and when he left the borough he became actively associated with the Williamstown Presbyterian Church and school. Two of his brothers, Private Leslie Orton, aged 25 years, and Private Arthur Orton, aged 33 years, and his brother-in-law, Corporal F. N. Moyle, are at present on active service in France.

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Bendigonian 25th Oct. 1917

THREE BROTHERS SERVE. ALSO A BROTHER-IN-LAW. ONE DIED OF WOUNDS.

Private THOMAS ORTON, Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. Orton, of Murdoch-street, California Gully. Died of wounds on the 16th September.

Private ARTHUR ORTON, Another son or Mrs. Orton, of California Gully, on active service since the 1st October, 1915.

Private LESLIE ORTON, Son of Mrs. Orton, of California Gully, also on active service. Private L. Orton sailed for the front on the 22nd December last year and now belongs to the 2nd Divisional Cycle Corps.

Sgt. NORMAN F. ("Shacker")MOYLE, Brother-in-law to the Orton brothers who has also been fighting in France for about two years.

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Biography

Thomas Brown ORTON was born in 1880 in Eaglehawk, Victoria

His parents were James ORTON and May Tentlon EAGLESIM

He enlisted on 22nd February, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 23rd Battalion, C Company - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Euripides on 10th May, 1915 - his last unit was the 2nd Australian Division Salvage Company

Thomas died on 16th September 1917 of wounds received in action in an ammunition explosion in a trench at Hell Fire Corner ,Belgium while being transferred from the advanced dressing station to the main dressing station - he is buried in The Huts Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium - he is also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial - he received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal.

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