Thomas Richard Ireland CLUGSTON


CLUGSTON, Thomas Richard Ireland

Service Number: 3370
Enlisted: 30 September 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia, September 1895
Home Town: Nimbin, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Nimbin Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 19 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Nimbin District War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

30 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3370, 52nd Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3370, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3370, 52nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From 52nd Battalion AIF
Pte Thomas CLUGSTON enlisted on 30 September 1916 and his mother recorded that he entered camp on his 22nd birthday, 30 October 1916. He embarked with the 9th Reinforcements to the 52nd Bn in January 1917 and disembarked at Devonport on 12 April. He marched into Codford Camp and reported sick with the mumps in June. Proceeded to France on 6 August and taken on strength with the 52nd on the 24th of August. He was killed at Broodseinde Ridge; his mother wrote that ‘…he was a scout on the front line’.