No.64172 Thomas Albert Chamberlain
Thomas Albert Chamberlain was born on 17 November 1883 in Costerfield (Rushworth) Victoria to Charles and Catherine (nee Carl) Chamberlain.
He had five brothers:
- John Henry
- Herbert James
- Harold Herbert
- Annie Jane
- Nellie Amelia
- Daisy Lavinia
- Alma Louise
Thomas married Catherine Forder in 1909 at Black Range, Western Australia. They had two daughters:
- Gladys Elizabeth
- Harold William
Thomas enlisted into the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on 17 April 1918. He was aged 34 years and 4 months and he was five feet and four and a quarter inches tall. Thomas weighed 130 pounds and had a chest measurement of 31 and a half to 33 and a half inches. His complexion was listed as fresh, with blue eyes and dark hair. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
On 14 September 1918, Thomas embarked at Sydney, New South Wales per S.S. Port Darwin with the 5th Reinforcements (Egypt) and disembarked in Suez on 19 October 1918. He joined the 15th Light Horse Reinforcements on 22 November 1918. After fulfilling his service, he returned to Australia on 25 August 1919 and was discharged from the Army on 9 September 1919.
Electoral rolls say that Thomas and Catherine were living in Corio from 1919 to 1934. Thomas’ mother died on 27 December 1920 in Werribee. In 1942 they were living at 102 Droop Street in Maribyrnong, Footscray North and it states that he was a watchman.
In 1949 and 1954 they were living at 441 Geelong Road in Kingsville and he is still a watchman. In 1963 they are living at 16 Conifer Avenue, Lalor Altona. Catherine passed away on 25 September 1966.
Thomas Albert Chamberlain died on 11 September, 1976 at Glen Victoria, aged 94.
Medals & Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
National Archives of Australia