Service Number: 1487
Enlisted: 19 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Light Trench Mortar Batteries
Born: Hamilton, Victoria, Australia, 27 January 1869
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: State school teacher
Died: Pneumonia, Brigade Hospital, Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 19 April 1917, aged 48 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Windsor War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1487, Light Trench Mortar Batteries
25 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 1487, Light Trench Mortar Batteries, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
25 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 1487, Light Trench Mortar Batteries, HMAT Ascanius, Sydney
19 Apr 1917: Involvement Private, 1487, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1487 awm_unit: 3rd Reinforcements Australian Trench Mortar Battery awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-04-19

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 19th April……Thomas Walpole was born at Hamilton, Victoria on 27th January, 1869. His father died in 1877.

Thomas Walpole enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Brisbane, Queensland on 19th January, 1916 stating he was aged 43 years & 8 months, single & a Station Book Keeper.

Private Thomas Walpole was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 17th April, 1916 by Camp Commandant as “Unlikely to become an efficient Soldier.”

Thomas Walpole re-enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 20th May, 1916 at Royal Agricultural Showgrounds, Sydney, New South Wales, stating he was aged 43 years & 2 months, single & a State School Teacher from G.P.O., Sydney, NSW. . Thomas Walpole stated he had not previously served in His Majesty’s Army – only Drill Instructor to School Cadets.

On 25th October, 1916 Private Thomas Walpole, Service number 1487, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on HMAT Ascanius (A11) with the Light Trench Mortar Battery, 3rd Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 28th December, 1916.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.
He was marched in to Australian Details, No. 6 & 7 Camp, Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England on 29th December, 1916 from Australia.

Private Walpole was sent sick to Hospital on 24th January, 1917. He was admitted to Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire on 24th January, 1917 – cause – N.Y.D. (not yet determined).

Mrs M. Walpole, Dover Street, Newmarket was advised by Base Records on 30th January, 1917 that her son Grenadier Thomas Walpole was seriously ill with acute bronchitis & asthma. Mrs Walpole was advised again on 17th March, 1917 that Private Thomas Walpole was convalescent.

He was discharged to Depot on 31st March, 1917 & was posted to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 2nd April, 1917. Private Walpole was transferred to Hardening & Drafting Depot on 5th April, 1917.

On 18th April, 1917 Private Walpole was admitted to Brigade Hospital, Perham Downs, Wiltshire with Pneumonia.

Private Thomas Walpole died on 19th April, 1917 at Brigade Hospital, Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England from Pneumonia.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)