Indigenous Australian, Thomas JARO, 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion.
Thomas JARO, a stockman was born in Eidsvold in 1890 and resided with his wife Ruby Law and 3 year old son Tommy, at Gayndah.
Jaro who was also a well-known middle weight boxer, volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1917 and was assigned to the 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion.
He embarked from Sydney on board the troopship Medic in August 1917, arriving in England 6 weeks later. He joined his Battalion in France in March, and by April 1918, his unit was working near Henencourt Wood in the Somme Valley, when the camp was subjected to heavy shelling. Thomas Jaro along with 28 other men was wounded that morning, he was hit in his left leg with shrapnel.
Private Jaro was evacuated to hospital in England, and after 12 weeks of treatment he was discharged to his unit, but did not return to see active service overseas. Private Jaro returned to Australia in December 1918.
- Service record: JARO, Thomas
- Country Volunteers. The Brisbane Courier 7 July 1917, p7
- Embarkation roll: 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion
- Unit Diaries: 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion
- Image: The Queenslander Pictorial 28 July 1917, p26
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- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland