PUDDEPHATT, Thomas Henry

Service Number: 3914
Enlisted: 17 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born: Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia, 1879
Home Town: Wodonga, Wodonga, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 April 1916
Cemetery: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Plot I, Row H, Grave No. 66
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Baranduda Pictorial Honour Roll, Beechworth War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Wodonga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3914, 6th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 3914, 6th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 3914, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
24 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 3914, 1st Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Thomas Puddephatt was one of the first Australians killed on the Western Front, on the first Anzac Day 1916. He and another man were hit by shrapnel at Cellar Farm near Levantie. They were in the 1st Australian Pioneers and were engaged in filling in earth behind the parapet. Thomas was not a young man, 37 years of age when he died.

His father John, had passed away during 1910 and his mother Ann Puddephatt, of Wodonga, received his medals and effects. In civilian life Thomas had worked for the NSW Government Railways and Tramways.

A younger brother, 686 Cpl. Frederick Charles Puddephatt 24th Battalion had already been killed in action at Gallipoli on 29 November 1915, aged 32.