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Thomson, Andrew, Eric    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Manrum, VIC, Australia

Service Number: 17801

Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Next of Kin: Williams, May (sister)



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Remembering Andrew Eric Thomson
Submitted by: Sue Thomson

This is a tribute to my great uncle, Andrew Eric Thomson, older brother of my grandfather, Robert William Thomson. 

Born at Marcus Hill, Victoria, 29th March 1892, Andrew lost his father in 1902 and then his mother in 1905.  Under the guardianship of his sister Mary (another sister Muriel had died in 1902, aged just 16), he became a carpenter after leaving school.

He enlisted in the AIF on 19th September 1916, at the age of 24 years 5 months, and listed his sister Mary Williams (nee Thomson) as his next of kin.  

He was living with his sister Mary and her husband Frank at 2 Vincent St, Surrey Hills, along with their five children and his two younger brothers. 

In his enlistment records he is described as being 6ft tall, weighing 172 lbs (78kg), with  fresh complexion, brown eyes and black hair. 
Originally assigned to the 7/2 Pioneers, within two weeks he was reassigned to the Engineers, as a Sapper.

He embarked for Europe 10 March 1917 on board HMAS Marathon, from Sydney, disembarking at Devonport, England, some two months later. On 31 January 1918 his company proceeded to France via Southampton, and he was listed as arriving at Rouelles 15 February 1918.

Andrew was killed in action 25 August 1918, sadly close to Armistice Day.
Remembered by his brothers' descendants.

Please contact sue.thomson@gmail.com for further information

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