Thomas ANDREWS #2124

Thomas Leslie Andrews

Indigenous Australian, Private Thomas ANDREWS, 52nd & 49th Infantry Battalions.

Thomas Leslie ANDREWS was born in Termeil, New South Wales, the son of James and Rachel Andrews (nee Claydon) from Cooran. Thomas Andrews worked as a bullock-driver in the Sunshine Coast hinterland before enlisting in Brisbane 26 March 1916, age 23.

Andrews trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera before embarking for England. Assigned to the 52nd Infantry Battalion, while serving in France he was reported missing in June 1917 later thought to have deserted.

Sentenced to 12 months prison for being absent without leave, he was interned at No 2 Military Prison, Rouen, France.

After remission of his sentence in May 1918 he was transferred to the 42nd Infantry Battalion in France, but was once again found absent without leave and sentenced to 12 years for this crime.

At the end of the war, Andrews was transferred to Portland Military Prison, England to complete his sentence, which was then suspended, and he was returned to Australia in August 1919.

Thomas Andrews returned to his family in Cooroy and married Alice Klinch in 1920.

One of three brothers who enlisted in WW1 – Arthur and Walter, he also later served in the Second World War.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump  |  QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland