Private Thomas James Twigden

Service number 1746
Birth Date 1899-05-18
Birth Place Australia: South Australia, Tarcowie
Death Date 1916-08-14
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Thomas James Twigden (1746, 48th Battalion) was born in Tarcowie, SA, on 18 May 1899. He was working as a labourer at Stockport, SA, when he enlisted in March 1916. In August 1916, the 48th Battalion was in the front line trenches near Warloy. On 14 August, the day after Thomas joined the battalion, they experienced a day of particularly heavy and constant artillery fire during which Thomas was killed. Thomas is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France. His father wrote that he was 17 years 3 months of age. Thomas’s brother, Driver Ernest John Twigden, served with the 4th Motor Transport Company.



Date of birth 18 May 1899
Date of embarkation 11 April 1915
Date of enlistment 06 March 1916
Date of death 14 August 1916
Date of fate 14 August 1916