honor role

Kuser, Thomas William

* 3946   16th Bn.

Born Brunswick Victoria 27 August 1890, CoE. Enlisted as Thomas William MARTIN age 25, on 25 August 1915, Martin being his step-father’s name.  Occupation painter, Nok mother, Emma Martin, Gibbon St, Cottesloe Beach. Embarked at Fremantle 22 December 1915 per A31 Ajana. Hospitalised with Mumps in March 1916. Gunshot wounds to the thigh in France 30 August 1916 and spent the next two months in hospital with a range of medical conditions. Returned to France and missing and confirmed killed in action on 11 April 1917 at Villers Bretonneux. Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France. His dual names were known in 1922 and recommended by the authorities that both Martin and Kuser be inscribed on his memorial. Letters to and from the Swiss Consulate in Melbourne could mean his biological father was Swiss or the Swiss Consulate was serving as an intermediary. Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.