Thomas Patrick KEATING

KEATING, Thomas Patrick

Service Number: 29
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tatura, Victoria, Australia., 1890
Home Town: Tatura, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 28 July 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Tatura R.S.S. & A.I.L.A. Sub-Branch Honour Roll, Tatura War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 29, 20th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Berrima embarkation_ship_number: A35 public_note: ''
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 29, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
25 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 29, 20th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, Gunshot to left leg. Evacuated to Mudros, then Malta.

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Biography contributed by John Oakes

Thomas Patrick KEATING (Service Number 29) was born in 1890 in Tatura, Victoria.  He worked in the Permanent Way Branch of the NSW Railways. He stated his ‘trade or calling’ when he enlisted in the AIF at Liverpool in 1915 as ‘labourer’.

He embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT ‘Berrima’ in June 1915. He was sent to Gallipoli with the 20th Battalion.

He was wounded in action (gunshot to left leg) there on 25th August. He was evacuated to Mudros on the Greek island of Lemnos (the forward base for the Gallipoli expedition), then to Malta.  Discharged from hospital and fit for active service, he was returned to Mudros in October and to Gallipoli the same month.  He returned to Egypt with evacuated troops in January 1916. In March he was sent to France. 

He was killed in action at Pozières on 25th July 1916, aged 26. He was initially buried at a map reference four miles NE of Albert, but later his remains were exhumed and re-buried in the Pozières British Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boiselle.

- based on the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll and notes for the Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board.