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Born in Geelong, Victoria and a Labourer by trade, Thomas Cole was 26 years and married when enlisted on the 17th of July 1915 in the 8th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 5497. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 'Euripides' on the 4th of April 1916. Appointed Driver A.A.S.C. training Depot Park house on the 1st of October 1916. Admitted sick to Cad ford Hospital ex Cad ford on the 11th of January 1917. Driver marched out from A.S.C. training Depot Park house to Lark hill detachment on the 12th of February 1917. Driver proceeded overseas, France via Southampton to join A.I.F. Units on the 30th of July 1918. Driver marched into ASC Base Depot, Havre from U.K. ex Reinforcements on the 31st of July 1918. Embarked return to Australia per 'China' on the 1st of May 1919. Disembarked on the 8th of June 1919 and Discharged on the 23rd of July 1919 with the Termination of Period of Enlistment. Tree No. 3316