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Thomas F. O'Connell

Private

1st Battalion

Killed In Action (KIA) Killed In Action

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Fraxinus Pennsylvanica
  • Planted By: E. Navin
  • Plaque: 2327

Additional Info

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Biography

Thomas Francis O'Connell was born in Clunes, and enlisted there on 7th April 1916. He was 36 years old, unmarried and a labourer. He was allocated to the 21st Infantry Battalion, with Regimental No. 5392. On 4th December 1916 while at Rollestone Training Camp in UK he was placed under arrest and confined to the guard house. He escaped and attacked the Sergeant of the Guard and accidentally received a bayonet wound to his chest. He died soon after. The Court of Enquiry completely exonerated the Sergeant of the Guard. Pvte O'Connell is buried in the Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire, UK. Tree No. 2327

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour