Thomas Aubrey KIRK

KIRK, Thomas Aubrey

Service Number: 7499
Enlisted: 2 April 1917, West Maitland, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Minmi, New South Wales, Australia, 16 June 1898
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Kurri Kurri Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, France, 24 June 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blayney King's Plains Public School & District Pictorial Roll of Honor, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Rechabites Weston Tent No 94 Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7499, 3rd Infantry Battalion, West Maitland, NSW
31 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, 7499, 3rd Infantry Battalion
31 Oct 1917: Embarked Private, 7499, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Albert Edgar and Mary Patterson KIRK, Station Street, Weston, New South Wales

PRIVATE KIRK.-Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Kirk, of Weston, have been advised of the death in action of their son, Private Thomas Aubrey Kirk, 3rd Battalion, on June 24. The deceased soldier was 20 years old, and enlisted in March last year. He was employed at Hebburn Colliery prior to enlisting. Mr. Kirk is secretary of the Shotfirers and Deputies' Association, and Mrs. Kirk is an active member of the Coo-ee comforts fund.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

105 years ago today, on the 24th June 1918, Private Thomas Aubrey Kirk, 3rd Battalion (Reg No-7499), miner (Hebburn No.1 Colliery), from Aberdare Street, Weston, New South Wales, was Killed in Action, France, age 20. Cause of death not stated.

No Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing File.

Born at Minmi, New South Wales on the 16th June 1898 to Albert Edgar (died 15.6.1937, Newcastle, N.S.W., age 65, PRESBYTERIAN-16NW. 76, no memorial inscription) and Mary Paterson Kirk nee McLeish (died 9.10.1938, Hamilton, N.S.W., age 64, PRESBYTERIAN-16NW. 76) of Aberdare Street, Weston, New South Wales and 28 Church Street, Newcastle, N.S.W. and 65 Watt Street, Newcastle, N.S.W and 28 Cleary Street, Hamilton, N.S.W.; grandson of Alexander McLeish (died 25.2.1921, Adamstown, N.S.W., age 65) and Ann McLeish (died 11.4.1917, Adamstown, N.S.W., age 60), corner of Thomas Street and Teralba Road, Adamstown, N.S.W., Thomas enlisted on the 10th April 1917 at West Maitland, N.S.W. - report of presentation to Thomas by the Weston Soldiers' Presentation Committee at the Weston Olympia Hall.
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A14 Euripides on the 31st October 1917.

Thomas’s name has been inscribed on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.
Place of Association – Weston, New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Kirk’s name has also been inscribed on the Weston Methodist Church Roll of Honor, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Kurri Kurri Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Weston Independent Order of Rechabites Tent No. 94 Roll of Honour, Blayney King's Plains Public School & District Pictorial Roll of Honor and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall. Name would be inscribed on the Weston Public School Roll of Honour, whereabouts unknown. The district of Weston did not produce a War Memorial or Roll of Honour.
I have placed poppies at the memorialised gravesite of Thomas’s grandparents Alexander and Ann McLeish. METHODIST 1 (WESLEYAN) E NE. 22.

There is no memorial inscription at the Kirk gravesite to tell us of the loss of their son during The Great War, and I am unable to erect a Memorial cross, so I have placed poppies in remembrance of Thomas’s service and supreme sacrifice for God, King & Country. PRESBYTERIAN-16NW. 76.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.