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For Considering Selfs

Thomas Albert Self (1880-1945)

When war broke out, Thomas was living in North Melbourne, working as a rigger to support wife Elsie and their five children.
He didn’t join the rush to enlist. He waited until March 1916 when he joined the 22nd Battalion. While he was away his wife and children lived in Hobart with Frederick Self (snr).
Private Self suffered much in the service of his country. He was twice wounded in action, and was also hospitalised for influenza, pneumonia and trench fever.
His marriage didn’t survive the separation caused by war. After he returned he moved to New South Wales, and worked as a labourer and bricklayer. Elsie stayed in Hobart to raise their children.

The War Gratuity schedule for No. 5677 Private T.A. Self details the nature of Thomas’ illnesses and injuries.  A ‘war gratuity' category was paid to members of the forces in recognition of their extraordinary service.
The War Gratuity schedule for No. 5677 Private T.A. Self details the nature of Thomas’ illnesses and injuries. A ‘war gratuity' category was paid to members of the forces in recognition of their extraordinary service.

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