Biography

Birth date: 03 November 1894
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Greater Manchester, Manchester
Final rank: Engine Room Artificer
Service number: 5430 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: HMAS Australia

Tom Rushworth served with the fledgling Royal Australian Navy, enlisting on 12 November 1915 as an Engine Room Artificer. Rushworth, originally from Manchester in England, was living in Collingwood, Victoria at the time and working as a fitter and turner. He initially worked aboard the HMAS Cerberus but was transferred to HMAS Australia in May 1916, with which he spent the rest of his wartime service.

Rushworth accompanied the Australia throughout its North Sea operations until late October 1918 when he transferred to work at the HMA London Depot. After the war, Tom Rushworth continued employment with the RAN, transferring through a number of ships until 1929 when, after fourteen years of service, he was discharged.

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Digitised Collection

Official documents of Tom Rushworth, 1915 - 1918

Official documents relating to the First World War service of 5430 Engine Room Artificer Tom Rushworth, HMAS Australia. The official documents include Rushworth's RAN passing certificate, other certificates relating to his technical capabilities and a recommendation for Rushworth's promotion to an...

RCDIG0000393

Miscellaneous file relating to Tom Rushworth, 1916 - 1919; N.d.

Miscellaneous items relating to the First World War service of 5430 Engine Room Artificer Tom Rushworth, HMAS Australia. The postcards date from between 14 July 1916 and 18 Novemmber 1919 and were exchanged by Tom Rushworth, his firends and his mother. In one photographic postcard depicting the...

RCDIG0000394

Writing folder of Tom Rushworth, 1917

Writing folder relating to the First World War service of 5430 Engine Room Artificer Tom Rushworth, HMAS Australia. The folder is inscribed '"Cheerio!" sent by the Australian Y.M.C.A. to H.M. Australian Fleet for Christmas 1917. Also included is a note from Agnes Rice.

RCDIG0000395

Private Record

Rushworth, Tom (Engine Room Artificer, b.1894 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 5430 Engine Room Artificer Tom Rushworth, HMAS Australia. Collection consists of various certificates; 23 postcards; and one writing folder containing a note written by Agnes Rice. Maker: Rushworth, Tom

3DRL/7061 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-11-03