Private Tom Heels

Service number 6032
Birth Date 1896
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Balmain
Final Rank Private
  • 13th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 13th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Balmain
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Tom Heels was a bricklayer before he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 8 May 1916. Born in the Sydney suburb of Balmain in 1896 to Thomas and Sabina Heels, he was 21 when he enlisted. He left behind his wife, Doris, whom he had married in 1912, and embarked from Sydney with reinforcements to the 13th Battalion aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 22 August 1916. He also served as a member of the 13th Battalion Band. Heels survived the war and returned to Australia in August 1919.



Date of birth 1896
Date of enlistment 01 May 1916
Date of embarkation 22 August 1916
Returned to Australia 22 August 1919