• Thomas Henry Sadler

Army / Flying Corps
  • 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 3rd Brigade
  • Private

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Perth WA, Australia

  • Birth

    Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia

  • Embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia on RMS Mongolia

    Monday, 22 November 1915

  • Travelled from Alexandria, Egypt to Marseille, France

    Wednesday, 29 March 1916 - Wednesday, 5 April 1916

  • Joined 11th Battalion at Beauval, France

    Friday, 25 August 1916

  • Killed in Action at Flers, France

    Thursday, 9 November 1916

Stories and comments
    • Thomas Henry Sadler - once a timber hewer
    • Posted by KeithMcPhee, Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Thomas Henry Sadler was born in December 1876 at Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. In about 1877 the family moved to Sydney and Tom received his formal education at the St Leonards School in Lane Cove Road, St Leonards, New South Wales. He first came to notice of the authorities as a youth when he was charged with intimidation (shaking an axe) for which he received four days imprisonment. In September 1888 he was before the St Leonards magistrate, at the request of his father, for loitering and remaining away from home however his father dropped the matter. In October 1888, aged 13 years and described as a ‘regular larrikin’ of unkempt appearance, he was again before the magistrate for “wandering about the streets of St Leonards in no ostensible lawful occupation” and for theft (stealing eggs). He pleaded guilty and was sent to ‘The Vernon’, a Nautical School Ship anchored at Cockatoo Island, which was a reformatory and industrial school. He moved to Western Australia and in 1912 was a labourer living in Fremantle and in 1913 he was a timber hewer living at Holyoake. By 1915 was working as a sleeper hewer at Greenbushes in Western Australia. He voluntarily enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in September 1915 at Blackboy Hill near Perth stating he was single and aged nearly 39 years. He was assigned to the 11th Infantry Battalion and, after training in Egypt, was posted to France. He joined the 11th Battalion in August 1916 when it was at Beauval, France however two days later the men moved by train north to camp near Poperinge in Belgium. Here most of the following six weeks were spent either in camp or in the reserves line. In mid-October the Battalion moved south into The Somme near Albert, France where the men trained. On the 9th of November 1916 while in the line near Flers the front line trenches were heavily shelled by the enemy, parts of them extensively damaged and some men buried. One of the few casualties that day was Private Thomas Sadler who was killed in action. He now rests in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers, France