Thomas Keith SNOWBALL

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SNOWBALL, Thomas Keith

Service Numbers: 943, V9489
Enlisted: 20 October 1914, 2 years senior cadets
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 12 February 1896
Home Town: Kew, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness, Mornington, Victoria, Australia, 2 March 1943, aged 47 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kew War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 943, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 2 years senior cadets
2 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 943, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
2 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 943, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance
8 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance
12 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance
18 Mar 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 943, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 3rd MD

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN V9489
4 Dec 1940: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN V9489
4 Dec 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN V9489
Date unknown: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN V9489

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served
 
The final resting place for; - 943 and V9489 Sergeant Thomas Keith Snowball of Kew and Merriang, Victoria who was employed as a laborer when he enlisted for War Service on the 26th of October 1914, and was allocated to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance 1st AIF.

Thomas was embarked for Egypt and further training on the 2nd of February 1915, and from Egypt he was shipped to Gallipoli on the 21st of July. Thomas’s service would be continuous until he was evacuated sick to Mudros Island for hospitalization on the 23rd of October.

By the 24th of December he had been returned to Egypt and was taken back on strength with his Unit. Aside another temporary period of time in hospital in Egypt during May 1916, Thomas’s service with his Unit in the desert campaigning would be continuous, and by February 1917 he had been promoted to Corporal.
On the 10th of February 1918, Thomas was marked for repatriation back to Australia due to no longer being fit for active service, and departed Egypt on the 15th of February.

Following his arrival in Australia, Thomas received his official discharge from the 1st AIF for his re-entry into civilian life on the 23rd of April 1918.

With the outbreak of a second World War, Thomas again presented himself for service with the Australian Military Forces on the 4th of December 1940, and was posted to the 4th Army Troops Company, Royal Australia Engineers.

Thomas would go on to serve at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, and at Wayville, South Australia, before being returned to Victoria, where he was serving as a Sergeant with Head Quarters Victorian Lines of Communication. Thomas was still serving with the Australian Military Forces when his death occurred due to illness on the 2nd of March 1943 whilst serving in Mornington, at the premature age of 47.

Following his passing, Sergeant Thomas Snowball, a veteran of two World Wars, was formally laid to rest within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria.

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