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Thomas John WELLERAge: 3519071943

Name
Thomas John WELLER
Given names
Thomas John
Surname
WELLER
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 16
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Birth May 25, 1907 27 29
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 16
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Text:

Service Record NameWELLER, THOMAS JOHN ServiceAustralian Army Service NumberN109878 Date of Birth25 May 1907 Place of BirthISLINGTON, NSW Date of Enlistment2 May 1941 Locality on EnlistmentSANDGATE, NSW Place of EnlistmentRECRUITING DEPOT EC, NSW Next of KinWELLER, ELLEN Date of Discharge5 Aug 1942 RankGunner Posting at DischargeHEAVY ARTILLERY FIXED DEFENCE WW2 Honours and GallantryNone for display Prisoner of WarNo

Citation details: 30889/1907 WELLER THOMAS J THOMAS M ANNIE J WICKHAM
Note: His military record shows that he was born in Islington, NSW.
MarriageEllen May HUGHESView this family
August 2, 1928 (Age 21)
Citation details: 13940/1928 WELLER THOMAS J HUGHES ELLEN M WARATAH
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Publication: Narrawallee, NSW, Australia; Phil and Jan Gregory; Mar 2007; ISBN 978-0-9750011-2-7
Citation details: Descendants of John George GREGORY Page 8
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 16
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Death of a paternal grandmotherEliza Jane ASHBY
May 1, 1929 (Age 21)
Citation details: WELLER ELIZA J 9550/1929  JOSEPH CHARLOTTE HAMILTON
Quality of data: primary evidence
Birth of a daughter
#1
June Doreen WELLER
June 7, 1929 (Age 22)
Publication: Narrawallee, NSW, Australia; Phil and Jan Gregory; Mar 2007; ISBN 978-0-9750011-2-7
Citation details: Descendants of John George GREGORY Page 8
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Occupation
Labourer
1930 (Age 22)
ResidenceEllen May HUGHESView this family
1930 (Age 22)
Address: 43 Ingall Street Mayfield NSW
Military
Volunteer
Type: 1st Field Brigade
between 1931 and 1933 (Age 23)
Agency: Australian Field Artillery
Death of a fatherThomas Mead WELLER
July 11, 1931 (Age 24)
Citation details: 13396/1931 WELLER THOMAS M THOMAS ELIZA J NEWCASTLE
Death of a paternal grandfatherThomas Mead WELLER
April 26, 1934 (Age 26)
Citation details: WELLER THOMAS M 10656/1934  THOMAS BALHSHEBA ADAMSTOWN
Quality of data: primary evidence
ResidenceEllen May HUGHESView this family
1936 (Age 28)
Address: Wallsend Road Sandgate NSW
Publication: 1936
Military
Volunteered
Type: 16th Machine Gun Regiment
August 15, 1940 (Age 33)
Agency: Australian Military Force
Note: At the time described as 5 feet 8½ inches tall, 154 lbs, brown eyes, light brown hair, tip of left middle finger missing, an appendectomy scar and a scar on the left loin.
Military
113th Heavy Battery
Type: Enlisted
May 2, 1941 (Age 33)
Agency: Australian Military Force
Text:

Service Record NameWELLER, THOMAS JOHN ServiceAustralian Army Service NumberN109878 Date of Birth25 May 1907 Place of BirthISLINGTON, NSW Date of Enlistment2 May 1941 Locality on EnlistmentSANDGATE, NSW Place of EnlistmentRECRUITING DEPOT EC, NSW Next of KinWELLER, ELLEN Date of Discharge5 Aug 1942 RankGunner Posting at DischargeHEAVY ARTILLERY FIXED DEFENCE WW2 Honours and GallantryNone for display Prisoner of WarNo

Occupation
Fireman
1941 (Age 33)
Address: Woodstock Street Mayfield NSW
Employer: Newcastle Chemical Company
ResidenceEllen May HUGHESView this family
1941 (Age 33)
Address: Wallsend Road Sandgate NSW
Religion
Church of England
1941 (Age 33)
Military
Discharged
Type: Required for employment in a reserved occupation
August 5, 1942 (Age 35)
Agency: Australian Military Force
Text:

Service Record NameWELLER, THOMAS JOHN ServiceAustralian Army Service NumberN109878 Date of Birth25 May 1907 Place of BirthISLINGTON, NSW Date of Enlistment2 May 1941 Locality on EnlistmentSANDGATE, NSW Place of EnlistmentRECRUITING DEPOT EC, NSW Next of KinWELLER, ELLEN Date of Discharge5 Aug 1942 RankGunner Posting at DischargeHEAVY ARTILLERY FIXED DEFENCE WW2 Honours and GallantryNone for display Prisoner of WarNo

Note: He joined the merchant navy
Occupation
Ships fireman
after August 5, 1942 (Age 35)
Employer: in a reserved occupation in the merchant navy during WWII
Text:

Thomas John Weller Rank Fireman Unit SS Iron Knight (Melbourne) Service Merchant Navy Conflict 1939-1945 Date of Death 8 February 1943 Place of Death Died at sea Age at Death 35 Cemetery or Memorial Details SYDNEY MEMORIAL, New South Wales, Australia. Panel 10

Death February 8, 1943 (Age 35)
Cause of death: Ship torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-21
Citation details: 20 Sep 2006
Text:

In part:

Thomas J WELLER b. 25 May 1907, Wickham, NSW, Australia d. 8 Feb 1943, At Sea Iron Knight & Ellen May HUGHES b. 1908, Wickham, NSW, Australia d. 19 Mar 1988, Newcastle, NSW, Australia m. 1928, Waratah, NSW, Australia |June WELLER | d. 10 Sep 2006, Newcastle, NSW, Australia |& PHILLIPS ||Lois PHILLIPS ||& WILKS |Maureen Minnie WELLER |& Bernie PAYNE ||PAYNE ||PAYNE ||PAYNE ||PAYNE |Thomas George WELLER | b. 1 Jul 1937, Newcastle, NSW, Australia |& Kathleen McGRATH | b. 24 Sep 1945, Wellington, Som, England | m. 1 Oct 1966, Sunshine, Vic, Australia ||Susan Ellen WELLER baby caesar tomorrow 21 Sep || b. 4 Mar 1970, Footscray, Vic, Australia ||& Martin HINES || b. 22 Dec 1966, Zimbawee, South Africa ||David Thomas WELLER || b. 16 Feb 1973, Essendon, Vic, Australia ||Julia Kathleen WELLER || b. 25 Nov 1974, Essendon, Vic, Australia

Quality of data: secondary evidence
Text:

Thomas John Weller Rank Fireman Unit SS Iron Knight (Melbourne) Service Merchant Navy Conflict 1939-1945 Date of Death 8 February 1943 Place of Death Died at sea Age at Death 35 Cemetery or Memorial Details SYDNEY MEMORIAL, New South Wales, Australia. Panel 10

Note: Working as a fireman on the SS Iron Knight.
Note: Iron Knight
Steam Ship Iron Knight
Steam Ship Iron Knight

Note: The SS Iron Knight was built by Lithgows Limited in Glasgow, Scotland in 1937. It had a displacement of 4,812 tons, a length of 123.3m and a beam of 17.12m. Propulsion was by way of a quadruple expansion engine generating 553 nhpbhp. During WWII it had a stern gun.


Japanese submarine I-21
Japanese submarine I-21

Note: The I-21 was a Japanese submarine which saw service during World War II in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She displaced 1,950 tons and had a speed of 24 knots. I-21 was the most successful Japanese submarine to operate in Australian waters, participating in the Attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942 and sinking 44,000 tons of Allied shipping during her two deployments off the east coast of Australia.


Memorial after 1956 (12 years after death)

Cemetery: Sandgate General
Weller - Thomas Mead, Annie Jane and Thomas John
Weller - Thomas Mead, Annie Jane and Thomas John

Note: Downloaded from sandgate.northerncemeteries.com.au

Family with parents - View this family
father
Thomas Mead WELLER
Birth: about 1880 29 27Newcastle, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 11, 1931Newcastle, , New South Wales, Australia
mother
Annie Jane SANDEMAN
Birth: about 1878Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 23, 1956Mayfield, , New South Wales, Australia
Marriage: about 1906Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
17 months
himself
Family with Ellen May HUGHES - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: August 2, 1928Waratah, , New South Wales, Australia
10 months
daughter
June Doreen WELLER
Birth: June 7, 1929 22 21Mayfield, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 10, 2006Newcastle, , New South Wales, Australia
daughter
Private
son
Private
Patrick FARRELL + Ellen May HUGHES - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
Marriage: December 20, 1946Mayfield, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthThe Gregory Family Tree as at 15 July, 2005
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 16
Quality of data: secondary evidence
BirthGedcom 24 August, 2006 Jan Gregory
BirthAustralian War Memorial Nominal Roll
Text:

Service Record NameWELLER, THOMAS JOHN ServiceAustralian Army Service NumberN109878 Date of Birth25 May 1907 Place of BirthISLINGTON, NSW Date of Enlistment2 May 1941 Locality on EnlistmentSANDGATE, NSW Place of EnlistmentRECRUITING DEPOT EC, NSW Next of KinWELLER, ELLEN Date of Discharge5 Aug 1942 RankGunner Posting at DischargeHEAVY ARTILLERY FIXED DEFENCE WW2 Honours and GallantryNone for display Prisoner of WarNo

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 30889/1907 WELLER THOMAS J THOMAS M ANNIE J WICKHAM
MarriageMarriages registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 13940/1928 WELLER THOMAS J HUGHES ELLEN M WARATAH
Quality of data: secondary evidence
MarriageThe Newcastle Connection: A Gregory Family History
Publication: Narrawallee, NSW, Australia; Phil and Jan Gregory; Mar 2007; ISBN 978-0-9750011-2-7
Citation details: Descendants of John George GREGORY Page 8
Quality of data: secondary evidence
MarriageThe Gregory Family Tree as at 15 July, 2005
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 16
Quality of data: secondary evidence
OccupationAustralian Electoral Roll - NSW - 1930
ResidenceAustralian Electoral Roll - NSW - 1930
MilitaryMilitary Record WWII - WELLER - Thomas John
ResidenceAustralian Electoral Roll - NSW - 1936
Publication: 1936
MilitaryMilitary Record WWII - WELLER - Thomas John
MilitaryMilitary Record WWII - WELLER - Thomas John
MilitaryAustralian War Memorial Nominal Roll
Text:

Service Record NameWELLER, THOMAS JOHN ServiceAustralian Army Service NumberN109878 Date of Birth25 May 1907 Place of BirthISLINGTON, NSW Date of Enlistment2 May 1941 Locality on EnlistmentSANDGATE, NSW Place of EnlistmentRECRUITING DEPOT EC, NSW Next of KinWELLER, ELLEN Date of Discharge5 Aug 1942 RankGunner Posting at DischargeHEAVY ARTILLERY FIXED DEFENCE WW2 Honours and GallantryNone for display Prisoner of WarNo

OccupationMilitary Record WWII - WELLER - Thomas John
ResidenceMilitary Record WWII - WELLER - Thomas John
NameThe Gregory Family Tree as at 15 July, 2005
Publication: Email from Jan Gregory to Stuart Gregory of 15 July, 2005
Citation details: Page 16
Quality of data: secondary evidence
ReligionMilitary Record WWII - WELLER - Thomas John
MilitaryMilitary Record WWII - WELLER - Thomas John
MilitaryAustralian War Memorial Nominal Roll
Text:

Service Record NameWELLER, THOMAS JOHN ServiceAustralian Army Service NumberN109878 Date of Birth25 May 1907 Place of BirthISLINGTON, NSW Date of Enlistment2 May 1941 Locality on EnlistmentSANDGATE, NSW Place of EnlistmentRECRUITING DEPOT EC, NSW Next of KinWELLER, ELLEN Date of Discharge5 Aug 1942 RankGunner Posting at DischargeHEAVY ARTILLERY FIXED DEFENCE WW2 Honours and GallantryNone for display Prisoner of WarNo

OccupationAustralian War Memorial - Commemorative Roll
Text:

Thomas John Weller Rank Fireman Unit SS Iron Knight (Melbourne) Service Merchant Navy Conflict 1939-1945 Date of Death 8 February 1943 Place of Death Died at sea Age at Death 35 Cemetery or Memorial Details SYDNEY MEMORIAL, New South Wales, Australia. Panel 10

DeathEmails - Jan Gregory
Citation details: 20 Sep 2006
Text:

In part:

Thomas J WELLER b. 25 May 1907, Wickham, NSW, Australia d. 8 Feb 1943, At Sea Iron Knight & Ellen May HUGHES b. 1908, Wickham, NSW, Australia d. 19 Mar 1988, Newcastle, NSW, Australia m. 1928, Waratah, NSW, Australia |June WELLER | d. 10 Sep 2006, Newcastle, NSW, Australia |& PHILLIPS ||Lois PHILLIPS ||& WILKS |Maureen Minnie WELLER |& Bernie PAYNE ||PAYNE ||PAYNE ||PAYNE ||PAYNE |Thomas George WELLER | b. 1 Jul 1937, Newcastle, NSW, Australia |& Kathleen McGRATH | b. 24 Sep 1945, Wellington, Som, England | m. 1 Oct 1966, Sunshine, Vic, Australia ||Susan Ellen WELLER baby caesar tomorrow 21 Sep || b. 4 Mar 1970, Footscray, Vic, Australia ||& Martin HINES || b. 22 Dec 1966, Zimbawee, South Africa ||David Thomas WELLER || b. 16 Feb 1973, Essendon, Vic, Australia ||Julia Kathleen WELLER || b. 25 Nov 1974, Essendon, Vic, Australia

Quality of data: secondary evidence
DeathGedcom 24 August, 2006 Jan Gregory
DeathAustralian War Memorial - Commemorative Roll
Text:

Thomas John Weller Rank Fireman Unit SS Iron Knight (Melbourne) Service Merchant Navy Conflict 1939-1945 Date of Death 8 February 1943 Place of Death Died at sea Age at Death 35 Cemetery or Memorial Details SYDNEY MEMORIAL, New South Wales, Australia. Panel 10

MemorialSandgate Cemetery Trust