Thomas William TODD

TODD, Thomas William

Service Number: PA439
Enlisted: 4 September 1939, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Torrens (Depot) / HMAS Encounter (Shore)
Born: Glanville, South Australia, 18 April 1911
Home Town: Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor mechanic
Died: Accidental (mine explosion), Beachport, South Australia, 14 July 1941, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia
Section FX Row 7 (Row 29) Grave 216N, Port Adelaide and Suburban Cemetery, Cheltenham, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beachport Naval Mine Memorial
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World War 2 Service

4 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, PA439, HMAS Cerberus (Shore), Port Adelaide, South Australia
4 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, PA439
14 Jul 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, PA439, HMAS Torrens (Depot) / HMAS Encounter (Shore), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

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Biography contributed by Schools Program

Thomas William Todd was born at Glanville SA on 18 April 1911. In adult life he worked as a motor mechanic and was married to Gwendoline Todd. They lived together with their son Ronald at 19 Tapp St, Rosewater. Thomas was mobilised on the outbreak of war, initially for training to Cerberus and then, from August 1940, to HMAS Torrens at Port Adelaide, the principal naval depot in SA. According to newspaper reports after his death, he was a member of the Holy Name Society in Port Adelaide.

Thomas was killed on 14 July 1941 while a member of a R.M.S. (Rendering Mines Safe) party attempting to defuse a German naval mine which had washed ashore at Beachport, SA.