Albert Percy Thomas

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Home Service / 12th bn
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Service Story

Albert was born at Llantwit Vaidre, Wales in 1880 and arrived in Tasmania as a young boy of 4 years. At the outbreak of war he was working as a labourer at Sheffield. In February 1916 Albert volunteered for enlistment and was passed fit. He was unable to pass the musketry test and was put on sanitary duties instead while the authorities decided what to do with him. It was finally decided that he would not make an efficient rifle shot and was discharged to allow him to do home service. In October 1917 he married Chrissie Redding. In June 1918, now living in Hobart, Albert was discharged from Home Service and able to enlist for service for the second time and was allotted to the group of reinforcements that left Australia on board the HMAT Border from Sydney in June 1918. On reaching Fovant, England he was posted to 12th Battalion. Albert Thomas did not leave England until it was time to return to Australia. It would appear that Albert worked at various jobs and for a number of years the couple lived at Gormanston on the outskirts of Queenstown where Chrissie died in August 1954. Albert survived her by three years. He was now living in Launceston where he died in August 1957. It would appear that they had no children.

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Carr Villa Launceston
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