Chapman Valley History

Thomas Salter

5919, Private Thomas SALTER
Unit: 27th Battalion, 16th Reinforcements, AIF

Where Born: Silverton, New South Wales, Australia
School: Catholic Convent, New South Wales
Address: C/- Mrs Dewhurst, Northampton, Western Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Religion: Church of England
Marital status: Single
Parents: Alexander and Julia Salter, 28 Walker Street, South Fremantle, WA
Description: Height 5’ 4¾”; weight 134 lbs; chest 31/34½”; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair

War Service: Thomas enlisted 24 May 1916, Belmont, WA, aged 22 years, 10 months. He followed his brother Alexander who enlisted 16 Mar 1915, however, Alexander was killed in action at Pozières, France, sometime between the 04 to 06 Aug 1916, before Thomas sailed from Fremantle, WA on 30 Oct 1916 per HMAT Port Melbourne. He disembarked 28 Dec 1916 in Devonport, England and marched in to Rollestone the next day. On 29 Jan 1917, he was disciplined for making an improper remark to an NCO and awarded 10 days confinement to camp and forfeited 10 days pay. Thomas proceeded to Etaples, France, 08 Feb 1917 and three days later joined his battalion. On 04 Oct 1917, while fighting in Belgium at the Battle of Broodseinde, near Ypres, (the most successful attack in the overall Battle of Passchendaele), Thomas was wounded in the left shoulder and admitted to 10th Casualty Clearing Station.
Died of Wounds: 5 Oct 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium, aged 24 years.
Memorial: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Connections: Brother, Alexander Salter, 762, 28th Battalion, KIA between 4 to 6 Aug 1916