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Alan Charles

Private. 3rd Reinf. SN 62881. Returned 12.12.1918. Cessation of Hostilities. No Active Service.

Date Enlisted 15/04/1918
Service Number SN 6288
Age of Enlistment 18 years 9 months
Place of Enlistment Perth, WA
Place of Birth West Perth, WA
Previous Military Experience 4 years Cadets
Occupation Traveller
Marital Status Single
Religion Church of England
School Attended Guildford Grammar School
Address History Father - C. H. Thomson, Kirkham Hill Terrace, Maylands, WA

Military History

Embarked Fremantle HMAT ‘Boonah’ 29.10.1918.
Roll Rank Private
Roll Unit 3rd Reinf. (W)
Thomson  and the 3rd Reinforcmenets travelled as far as far as Durban South Africa, where it was learnt that the Armistice had been signed.  The ship reloaded with supplies for the return trip. Durban at that time was in the midst of the Spanish flu epidemic. Infected stevedores passed on the flu to the Australian crew and soldiers with disastrous results. On the return voyage, many soldiers developed  pneumonic flu. Over 300 cases were recorded. The ship was required to dock at Woodman Point Quarantine Station, WA 12.12.1918. Nurses were quickly taken to the Quarantine Station to cater for this influx of sick soldiers. Thomson, disembarked atFfremantle, unscathed. No Active Service was recorded on his file.
Final Rank Private, no active service
Medical Condition NR
Awards and Medals NA
Photo HMAT 'Boonah' courtesy Wikipedia

Information Source
'Boonah crisis' Wikipedia
Guildford Grammar School Honour Roll
NAA: B2455, Thomson Alan Charles

Kirkham Hill Terrace, Maylands, WA.


Associated Images

HMAT ' Boonah' 1918. Photographer unknown, photograph source Wikipedia
HMAT ' Boonah' 1918. Photographer unknown, photograph source Wikipedia