Thomas James KNOX

Year of Birth:  1896

Place of Birth:  Tolga, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  30 January 1917

Date and Place of Embarkation:  11 May 1917, Melbourne, Victoria

Ship:  HMAT Shropshire A9

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  Railway Unit and Reinforcements and Special Draft

Regimental Number:  1464

Died:  23 August 1918

 

Frank James Knox, known as Thomas James Knox was born in Tolga on the 1 June 1895 to Thomas Knox and Annie Kerr. He had one sister Clementine born 1896. Annie Kerr had been married previously to John Rogan who died in 1890 and had 4 children, Richard born 1883 died 1883, Mary Agnes 1887, Thomas born 1888 died 1889, John born c1882, Annie born 1890 died 1890.

On his enlistment in Cairns his age was 21 years 4 months, occupation Railway Fireman, next of kin his father Mr Thomas Knox, Tolga North Queensland. His height was 6 feet 1 ½ inches, weighed 157 pounds with fresh complexion, blue eyes and black hair. His religion was Roman Catholic. He had been rejected previously because of bad feet. Thomas attended the Tolga State School.

Thomas James Knox was killed in action in France on the 23 August 1918 and buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France.

 

HMAT Shropshire A9 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

 

Roll of Honour Circular 131 Australian War Memorial

 

Cairns Post –  15 September 1918 p4

 

Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Shropshire A9 , Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Thomas James Knox, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

 

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