Cleland, Thomas William (696)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 26 years 2 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 12 September 1914 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 696            view online service record

Address:
139 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
William James Cleland (father)
139 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 22 December 1914
Ship: HMAT Ulysses A38
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion

Fate:
RTA: Tuesday, 1 July 1919
Discharged: Wednesday, 3 September 1919


Tom played football for Port Railway United and enlisted with teammate Jock Menzies.

Tom’s brother, Rob Cleland also enlisted.

1915 ‘Footballer-Soldier Wounded.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 22 May, p. 2, viewed 30 April, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91166889

1915 ‘AT GALLIPOLI.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 10 July, p. 3, viewed 30 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91166961

1915 ‘In the Trenches.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 17 July, p. 2, viewed 30 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91167605

T Cleland was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91164781

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 11.56.20 AMIn November 1919, Thomas applied to Port Melbourne Council for the combined position of Dog Registration Officer, Meter Reader and Assistant Collector for Electric Supply. Over 100 applications were received*.

He was a plumber and had been a resident of Port Melbourne all of his life.

Another returned soldier, Sydney Ryan Carns was the successful applicant.

* The file of handwritten applications is part of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society Collection

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