Private James Russell Thomas

Service number 3482
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Geelong
Death Date 1916-07-19
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private James Russell Thomas (3482, 58th Battalion) was a grocer’s apprentice from Geelong, Victoria. He was killed on 19 July 1916 during the battle of Fromelles. James is buried in the Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers, France. His mother wrote that he was 17 years of age. James’ brother, William Leonard Thomas of the 4th Light Horse Regiment, participated in the charge at Beersheba and was mentioned in despatches twice.



Date of enlistment 31 July 1915
Date of embarkation 11 October 1915
Date of death 19 July 1916
Date of fate 19 July 1916