Thomas Matthew MOODY

Year of Birth:  1890

Place of Birth:  Charters Towers, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  13 November 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  7 February 1917, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Wiltshire A18

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  41st Australian Infantry Battalion – 7 to 9 Reinforcements (February-June 1917)

Regimental Number:  3184

Died:  1 September 1918


Thomas Matthew Moody was born 19 September 1890, the sixth child of Thomas Charles Parsee Moody and Annie Osgerby who were married in 1878.  Their first two daughters died in infancy.  Six children followed – Harriett Esther (1881), Violet Ellen (1885), William Charles (1888), Thomas Matthew (1890), Albert Henry (1892) and John Joseph (1895).

Thomas’ brother, John Joseph Moody enlisted 23 December 1915 and returned to Australia on 15 February 1918.

At the time of enlistment in Townsville,  his age was 26 years 2 months, his occupation a labourer and next of kin was his mother Mrs Annie Maria Moody, Sachs Street, Cairns.  His height was  5 feet 9 inches,  weighed 10 stone 5 pounds with a medium complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.  He was Church of England.  The Examining Medical Officer noted he required extensive dental treatment.

Thomas embarked on the HMAT Wiltshire A18 from Sydney on 7 February 1917. He was wounded a number of times and returned to duty, finally succumbing to wounds on 1 September 1918.  He was buried in Curlu French Military Cemetery near Peronne and in 1920 the family was advised that his remains had been exhumed and reburied in the Suzanne Military Cemetery No 3, France..


HMAT Wiltshire A18 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


Cairns Post 27 April 1917 p6


Cairns Post 16 November 1917 p4


Cairns Post 1 September 1919 p4


Cairns Post 1 September 1919 p4


Online Resources

Qld Birth Death & Marriage Index

Australian War Memorial 

Photograph of HMAT Wiltshire A18; Australian War Memorial

NAA: 2455 Moody, Thomas Matthew, National Archives of Australia

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Cairns Post 27 April 1917 p6

Cairns Post 16 November 1917 p4

Cairns Post 2 September 1918 p4

Cairns Post 1  September 1919 page 4


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