Thomas Alfred Critcher

First Name: 
Middle Name: 
Last Name: 
Mother's Name: 
Lillian (nee Casley)
Father's Name: 
George Critcher
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, August 29, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Rank at Discharge: 
9th Battalion
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, April 25, 1915
Place of Death: 
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action

Private Thomas Critcher (Service no. 555) was born in Woonona circa 1893. He was serving in the militia, 39th Infantry and working as a miner when war came.

Thomas enlisted in Queensland and sailed on A5 SS Omrah on 29th September, 1914. After training in Egypt he sailed with the first units to Gallipoli. As a member of 9 Platoon C coy 9th Battalion he went ashore with the first wave at 4:30am. The men of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th battalions are the ones who got further inland than anyone else for the whole campaign and to this day all bodies have not been found.

In 1919 when the War Graves returned to Gallipoli they found evidence of these men further inland than anyone had believed possible. Evidence from others state he was seen seriously wounded that morning but had to be left. His body has not been found and he is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial. His cousin Frederick Critcher (Service no. 3663) also of Woonona served with the Camel Corps and returned to Australia.

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