Tom Frederick Black
Serial No. 3591
6th Light Horse RegimenT
Tom Frederick Black - Information
Tom Frederick was born in Camden on the 4th of October 1894 to Tom and Annie Black. As the war was raging, Tom was living at Tyne on Warner Avenue in North Bondi with his family. Tom worked as a farm hand and served in the local militia. When he was 22, he enlisted in the AIF on the 16th of May 1917. He trained at the Royal Showground Camp, and was then allocated to the 6th Light Horse Regiment. Tom departed Melbourne on the 2nd of November 1917 onboard the HMAT Commonwealth.
Tom landed in Suez in early December. He spent some time at 2nd Stationary Hospital ill, before marching into the Reinforcements Camp in Moascar in February. By April, Tom joined the 6th Regiment patrolling for Turkish forces in the Jordan Valley. The terrible conditions fighting in the desert, led to further illness. In September, Tom was admitted to hospital suffering with debility. He returned to duty just before the Turks surrendered on the 30th of October. Unluckily, in March 1919, he was hospitalised with German measles. After he recovered, he left Kantara onboard the Madras in late June for his journey home. Returning to a peaceful life, he then surprisingly donned a uniform once more. During the Second World War, Tom enlisted in the army in Paddington (N391234).