Thomas William Ormerod


Gunner 6107
3rd Field Artillery Brigade, A.I.F.

Thomas Ormerod was an orchardist from Middle Swan, Western Australia, though born in Burnley, England.

On his attestation papers Thomas notes his next of kin as his mother, Mrs A. Ormerod, who was living at Ormerod Terrace, Burnley, England, when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 13 September 1915 in Perth, Western Australia, aged 36.

He also notes that he had previously served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

Thomas embarked from embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board H.M.A.T. A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915, at which time he formed part of Field Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 12.

He served as gunner with the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, and eventually returned to Australia on 2 August 1919.

Whilst on leave during the war, on 27 January 1917, Thomas married Sarah Francis Cranfield at Burnley Register Office. Sarah lived at 124 Skipton Road, Colne, and was a cotton weaver, aged 25, at the time of her marriage. Thomas is noted as a widower on the A.I.F. records relating to his marriage. In these records Thomas' father is shown as John Ormerod, a contractor, who was deceased before the time of his son's marriage. Sarah's father is shown as Thomas Crabtree, a cotton warp dresser.

The records for Thomas, held at the National Archives of Australia, show that he was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. A digital copy of the personal records held for Albert at the National Archives of Australia can be viewed online at the National Archives of Australia Website.

Thomas' records (NAA: B2455, ORMEROD THOMAS WILLIAM) are the primary source material for the information recorded on this page.