In April 1915 Tom took part in the Gallipoli landings. In July, he was evacuated off the peninsula suffering from a respiratory infection and jaundice. After duties in HQ, he arrived in France in April 1917. Shortly after, he suffered a sever fracture of his arm during fighting near Bullecourt and was shipped to England. In July 1918, in fighting near Strazeele, he was again severely wounded with shrapnel wounds to the abdomen. He spent the remainder of the war in hospital in England.
On returning to Ross, Tom was not fit for labouring work. In 1922, he was appointed caretaker of the waterworks. He married Ruby Johns and they had four children. Tom receive a grant of 200 acres near Lake Leake under the Returned Soldier Settlement Scheme. The family later move to Campbell Town and Tom had a boot repair business. He died in 1969.
Tom’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.