Thomas Thompson Munro
Serial No. 60251
Thomas Thompson Munro - Information
The Munro family were long standing pillars in the community. Thomas was born in Campbelltown on the 5th of December 1898 to Frederick William and Mary Munro. The Munros resided at Mount Anna, where Thomas grew up with his siblings. The Munro family however, were soon to suffer a tragedy when Thomas’ older brother, Fred, died in a drowning accident in 1903, aged only 9. In 1911, Thomas’ parents moved the family to a 163 acre property on Appin Rd called Glenlora. Thomas then found work as a clerk and served in the Commonwealth Military Force. When war developed, Thomas watched his older brother, George, join the military and leave for war in 1916. Thomas then followed him, enlisting in the AIF at Redfern on the 19th of May 1918, aged 19. During training, he was delegated to the 16th General Service Reinforcements as a Private. He then departed Sydney on the 4th of September 1918 onboard the HMAT Bakara.
Thomas arrived in London on the 14th of November; the war had ended while he was at sea. He was then allotted to the 1st Battalion, and on the 28th of January 1919, was transported to France. Here, Thomas joined the General Service Reinforcements at Abancourt, and in March, was taken back on strength to the 1st Battalion. In May, Thomas was stationed to the Australian Base Depot, before leaving for Australia. He sailed home onboard the Suevic on the 23rd of July. He returned to his family in Campbelltown and was discharged on the 26th of September.
Thomas returned to work as a clerk for the railway line. In 1921, he married Florence Emily Meredith in Campbelltown. Florence was no stranger to loved ones going off to war. Her older brother, Alfred Charles, had served in the AIF. Thomas and Florence quickly added to their family, with Frances in 1921 and David in 1925. Thomas became an active member in the RSL Sub Branch, and supporter of the Campbelltown Rugby League Football and Bowling Clubs. Surprisingly, Thomas enlisted again for Military Service during the Second World War, volunteering in Campbelltown on the 1st of April 1942. Thomas’ children also joined up, Frances enlisted in 1942 in the RAAF, and David joined the army in Bathurst in 1943. The Munros all returned home safely. Thomas watched his children marry, before passing away at his residence on Railway St on the 23rd of April 1955, aged 56.