Thomas Catlow

Name    Thomas Catlow

Number    Private 594

Battalion      10th Battalion  

Place of Birth   North Adelaide

Next of Kin   His father Thomas Catlow11 McKinnon Pde North Adelaide

Date and place of enlistment   Morphetville 26/8/1914

Physical details on enlistment   Age 19 years 10 months,

5’6 ½ ” 9 stone 4 pounds, blue eyes and black hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Hatters apprentice

Date and place of death

He was recorded as missing in action 2/5/1915 and declared killed in action on 25/4/1915 at a Court of Enquiry on the 5/6/1916

Location of grave or memorial

He is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli Turkey

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

His mother was Marion McLachlan and her family were pioneers of Leongatha South

Military History

  • He was related to the McLachlan family who lived in Leongatha South Marion McLachlan married Thomas Catlow
  • 26/ 8/ 1914 He enlisted in Morphetville
  • He was 2 years in the cadets and 1 year in CMF
  • 20/10/14 He left Adelaide on the HMAT Ascanius
  • He left Alexandria for the Gallipoli Peninsula
  • 2/5/15 He was missing in action
  • 5/6/16 A Board of Enquiry concluded he was killed in action
  • His effects consisted of a razor strap, purse, handkerchiefs, note book, letters, cards, scarf., Bible
  • Red cross inquiry bureau Adelaide S A

The inquirer had conflicting evidence

Pte  H Lee Thomas  A Company 10th Battalion . He saw Thomas Catlow fall wounded on the Sunday of the landing, 25th of April 1915 on land that was not retaken by the Turks so he must have been killed. When he asked Catlow where he was hit he pointed to his shoulder and groin. Lee Thomas appears honest but his story is contradicted by two letters

Captain Herbert said that Catlow had gone too far inland and his body was never recovered. Pte A J Smith of D Company said on the 20/8/15 that Catlow got mixed up with the 12th Battalion after landing and was last seen in a support trench by Sgt White on Tuesday 27th. He was in good spirits and being looked after as if it was his own Battalion. Cpl Gallagher of the A company 10th said he last saw Catlow on the 28th Wednesday. Pte Malone and Cpl Gallagher asked Catlow to come with them but he said he was all right and would not shift.

  • His father wrote a very good letter page 37
  • A death certificate iwas required by b the AMP Society
  • There was a letter from the South Australian Branch of the I O O F asking for a death certificate
  • Minister for Customs Frank Tudor wrote asking for more information regarding Tom Catlow. No news can be found. 

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