Thomas James CHITTS


CHITTS, Thomas James

Service Number: 2047
Enlisted: 14 August 1912
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Brisbane (I)
Born: Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, 25 October 1894
Home Town: Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sailor, R.A.N.
Died: Pneumonia, Mudros, Lemnos, Aegean Islands, Greece, 2 December 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: East Mudros Military Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Crib Point RAN WW1 Roll of Honour (Panel 2)
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World War 2 Service

14 Aug 1912: Involvement SN 2047
14 Aug 1912: Enlisted SN 2047
2 Dec 1918: Discharged SN 2047

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement Able Seaman, SN 2047, HMAS Brisbane (I)

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Biography contributed by Karen Standen

The War. AUSTRALIAN JACK TARS. MOORABBINITES AFLOAT...Able-seaman Thomas James Chitts (20) is a son of the late Geo. Chitts, and a native of Sandringham. He volunteered for the Navy at Williamstown dock yards in 1912, and afterwards served for 18 months on H.M.A.S. Yarra before being transferred to the H.M.A.S. Sydney in September last as stoker. Brighton Southern Cross, 05 December 1914. ( (

Our Splendid Men...Mrs. A. Downs, "Dunolloy," McArthur-street, Malvern, has been notified that her eldest brother, Private Clarence G. Chitts, has been "missing" since March 20. Private Chitts was in business at Sandringham, where he was born. Private Hector R. Chitts has also been "missing" since April 11. He was a stretcher bearer in France, and was also a Sandringham lad. Another brother, Thomas Chitts, is an A.B. in H.M.A.S. "Sydney." A fourth brother offered his services, but was rejected as medically unfit on four different occasions. Brighton Southern Cross, 19 May 1917. ( (

Family Notices. DIED ON SERVICE...CHITTS.—On the 2nd December, at sea, Able Seaman Thomas J. Chitts, H.M.A.S. Brisbane, late H.M.A.S. Sydney, son of the late George and Margaret Chitts, of Sandringham, dearly loved brother of Mrs. A. Downs, "Dunolly," Cressy street, Malvern; Mrs. J. Ritchie, Hubert, Private Clarence and Private Hector (both prisoners of war), and Olive, aged 24 years. Four years three months' active service. The Argus, 07 December 1918. ( (