Thomas Owen CRUSE

CRUSE, Thomas Owen

Service Number: 35
Enlisted: 28 January 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Longford, Tasmania, 11 March 1892
Home Town: Childers, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Caulfield, Victoria, 17 September 1934, aged 42 years
Cemetery: Springvale Garden of Remembrance & Crematorium, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

28 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 35, Brisbane, Queensland
5 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 35, 11th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 35, 11th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Borda, Sydney
20 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 11th Machine Gun Company
11 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 35, 11th Machine Gun Company, Messines
3 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 35, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Ton van Lil

Thomas Owen Cruse was born on 11-03-1892 in Longford,Tasmania, the son of John Cruse and Harriett Peachy.

The birth was registered on 18-03-1892. Thomas died on 17-09-1934 in Caulfield, Victoria, aged 42. He was buried on 19-09-1934.

At the age of 27, Thomas married Jane Keogh, aged 23, on 30-06-1919 in London, England. Jane was born on 05-10-1895 in Carlow (IRE), daughter of William Joseph Keogh and Julia Kendrick.

After Thomas died Jane tried to get hold of Thomas' war medals. But because Jane was at that time being treated at a mental hospital for depression following his sudden death, the office of the Master in Equity in the Law Courts (Melbourne) refused to hand over the medals. This included one British War Medal and one Victory Medal. Jane went to court over it but was not successful in her efforts.

The British War medal and the Victory medal were never handed over to the family. Date of receipt in Melbourne: 16 February 1935.