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Edmondson, Thomas Slater

** BA, Dip Ed. Lieut 16th Bn.

Born in Adelaide on 27 January 1886. Thomas Edmondson came to Western Australia as an infant and enrolled at Jarradale school where he was later a teaching monitor. He was one of the first students to be enrolled at the Claremont Teachers College for a three year course and was a renowned all round sportsman. His first teaching appointment was Fremantle Boys School followed by a term at Bunbury before his appointment as Head teacher of Gwalia, a small school near Leonora. He was headmaster of Wagin school when he enlisted on 6 May 1915 age 29. The next of kin was his wife, Christina Edmondson c/o E. Diamond, Moss St, East Fremantle. He embarked at Fremantle 22 November 1915 per RMS Mongolia. Served in Egypt 1916, France 1916 and was wounded in the thigh in France on 15 May 1916. RTA May 1917 per A32 Themistocles. Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM. Cottesloe and district Honour Rolls. After the War he was Headmaster of North Fremantle School and in 1926, was appointed Inspector of Schools. After WW2, he was the Inspector in charge of education refresher courses offered as part of the rehabilitation programme for servicemen returning from the war. His work with veterans was extensive and over the years he was a member of Claremont, Collie, Katanning, Kalgoorlie and Nedlands sub-branches of the RSL. In 1942 he was elected State President of the RSL but retired early but continued on the RSL executive. In 1950 he was the WA Deputy-Director of Education.