Thomas Anglesey (aka SIEKMANN) BRINKWORTH

BRINKWORTH, Thomas Anglesey (aka SIEKMANN)

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 18 March 1915
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Saddleworth, South Australia, 9 August 1875
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Caltowie Public School and Whinham College
Occupation: Civil service clerk
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 5 July 1941, aged 65 years
Cemetery: North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, S.A.
Buried with wife Isabel Clarice
Memorials: Caltowie HB1 - Caltowie Public School*, Prospect HB07 Prospect District WWI*
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World War 1 Service

18 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain
2 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 11th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Medic, Brisbane
29 Aug 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Captain, 9th Light Horse Regiment
29 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 9th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC Gallipoli
14 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Major, 9th Light Horse Regiment
27 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Major, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Egypt and Palestine - Light Horse and AFC Operations, GSW (hand)
10 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Major, 9th Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Peter BRINK WORTH

Thomas (Anglesey) Siekmann was raised in Saddleworth in the mid-North of South Australia, where he learned to ride horses. Inspired by the example of his older brother Francis, who had served with distinction in the Boer War, he joined the 16th Australian (SA Mounted Rifles) Light Horse Regiment in the Machine Gun Section in 1908 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant and Captain. After enlistment in the 11th Light Horse, his first assignment was in the 9th Light Horse at Gallipoli (a not very appropriate site for Light Horse!). Here he was struck down with jaundice and was sent to a hospital in Malta to recover. He subsequently served in Palestine where he was promoted to Major, and received a gunshot wound to his hand. He was well-liked by the men under his command – they did not want him to change his name from Siekmann to Brinkworth, although his birth name was "German" and he felt pressure to take his mother's maiden name instead. This he did in July 1918, and his army record was changed to reflect this. He remained in various Light Horse regiments after the war, rising to the rank of Lt.-Col., while maintaining his occupation in the civil service.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal