• James Waddell Thom

Army / Flying Corps
  • 28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 10th Brigade
  • 8th Brigade
  • Private

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  • Birth

    Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • THOM, James (Jim) Waddell
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 7 April 2018

    Born c1894 Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland – son of Thomas James THOM and Isabella (Bella) Cullen WADDELL A resident of Anderson Rd, Sunshine, Vic in 1916, and 43 Graham St, Sunshine in 1939, Isabella died at home on the 2/6/1939, aged 67 Siblings: *Margaret Young (Peggy) b.c1898 – marr DICKIE – d.1955 Vic; *Christina Harrow (Ina) b.c1901 – marr CAMERON – d.1972 Vic; *Bella (Mrs Norman); *Minnie (Mrs Owens); *William Religion: Presbyterian Occupation: Core Maker – having completed a two year apprenticeship with Airdrie Iron Coy, Scotland Living with his mother in Sunshine prior to enlisting WW1: Enlisted in Melbourne on the 4/9/1916, aged 22 years 6 months Embarked on the A7 Medic 16/12/1916 as Private 4625 with the 12th Reinforcements of the 29th Battalion – disembarking Plymouth 18/2/1917, and marched into the 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott Sick to hospital, Fovant 16/3/1917 Proceeded overseas to France 19/6/1917 Transferred to the 39th Battalion and taken on strength 10/7/1917 Wounded in action 22/7/1917, and rejoined his battalion from hospital 4/8/1917 Wounded in action 17/7/1918, receiving wounds the right arm and both eyes (the right eye excised), and admitted to a ‘Lines of Communication’ hospital on the 18/7/1918 Invalided to the UK 1/8/1918 and admitted to the 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill 2/8/1918 Transferred to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers on the 11/12/1918 – still at St Dunstan’s 22/8/1920 – where he received training in Poultry Farming, Mat and Net Making Returned to Australia on the Wahehe 31/8/1920 – disembarking Melbourne 21/10/1920 Discharged from the AIF on the 9/1/1921 On his return home he lived with his mother in Sunshine Married Sarah WILLIAMSON in 1923 Sarah, born c1890, was the daughter of Samuel Kingston WILLIAMSON and Ellen (nee Cooper) Children (3): *Doris June b.10/6/1924 Caulfield, Vic – WW1: Pte, A.W.A.S. – marr BUTCHER; *Ina; *Wilma Following their marriage the couple lived at 2 Griffiths Street, Caulfield (1924, 1944) James earned his living as a Mat Maker In 1926 James and Sarah together with their daughter June and James’s mother Bella, travelled to the UK on the Moreton Bay, arriving on the 25/5/1926. Whilst there, James returned to St Dunstan’s for a course in boot-repairing. Later that year the family returned to Australia on the Orama, departing London on the 13/11/1926. Member of Victoria Blinded Soldiers’ Association Member of the Loval Sunshine Lodge, M.U.I.O.O.F. James died on the 18th of October 1944 at the Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield, Vic, and was buried in the Footscray Cemetery [Presbyterian Sect: FO-PRES*C***1163] Sarah died on the 9/6/1947 at her home in Caulfield, aged 57, and was buried with James The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 19 Oct 1944 (p.2): DEATHS THOM – On October 18, at the Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield, James Waddell, dearly loved husband of Sarah, of 2 Griffiths street, Caulfield, loving father of June (A.W.A.S.), Ina, and Wilma, aged 50 years, late 39th Battalion, First A.I.F. – Dearly loved. THOM – On October 18, James Waddell, loved brother of Peggy (Mrs Dickie), Ina (Mrs Cameron), Bella (Mrs Norman), Minnie (Mrs Owens), and William. – Always remembered. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 19 Oct 1944 (p.14): FUNERAL NOTICES THOM – The Funeral of the late Mr JAMES WADDELL THOM, late 39th Battalion, First A.I.F., will leave the Bathurst Memorial Chapel, cor. Glenhuntly and Kooyong roads, Caulfield, THIS DAY, at 3 p.m. for the Footscray Cemetery. THOM – The Members of Victoria Blinded Soldiers’ Association are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their late comrade………………. THOM – The Officers and Members of the Loval Sunshine Lodge, M.U.I.O.O.F. are requested to follow the remains of their late Brother…… The Argus (Melb, Vic), Fri 20 Oct 1944 (p.2): DEATHS THOM – On October 18, at Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield, James Waddell (Jimmie), dearly beloved friend of A.F. McConnell and family, Sandringham. – We will remember. St Dunstan’s Review, Sept 1946 (p.12) “In Memory” We have also just heard with deep regret, of the death of another of our Australians, J.W. Thom, also of Melbourne, which occurred in April 1944. He was wounded at Hamel, in 1918. After training with us as a poultry farmer and mat-maker, he returned to Australia in August 1920, but came back on a visit six years later to take up boot-repairing. Many St Dunstaners will remember meeting him then. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Tue 10 Jun 1947 (p.17): DEATHS THOM – On June 9 (suddenly), at her home, 2 Griffiths street, Caulfield, Sarah, dearly loved wife of the late James Waddell Thom (A.I.F.), loving mother of June (Mrs Butcher), Ina, and Wilma, loved daughter of Ellen (Mrs S.K.Gardiner), and dear sister of Eileen (Mrs V.R. McKay), and Tom Gardiner, aged 57 years. – Dearly loved.