Thomas Cousins

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Thomas Albert Cousins was born on 10 August 1899 in Ballarat. He died in 1986.

MILITARY: Thomas served in the Australian Imperial Force in World War One. He enlisted on 08 Aug 1916 in the 8th Battalion. His service number is 6494A. He returned on 23 Sep 1919 as a Private. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT Nestor on 2 October 1916.

Thomas also served in World War Two. He enlisted into the Australian Army on 3 Oct. 1942 in Melbourne. His Service No. is 34551 (VX110700). Records note he resided in Auburn and next of kin was H. Cousins. He was discharged on 17 June 1948 as a Warrant Officer Class 2 posted at Army Headquarters.

Thomas married Hilda Kathleen Blanchfield daughter of Richard Blanchfield and Catherine McKinley in 1924. Hilda was born on 13 Jul 1898 in Stawell. She died on 4 January 1946 in Melbourne. Thomas and Hilda had four children - John, Vincent, Joan and Bernard. After Hilda died Thomas married Hilda's sister Rose Wingrave. BURIAL: Thomas was buried with his second wife Rose - Templestowe Cemetery, Mullens Lawn G7


Thomas has been honoured with a tree in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour - Tree No. 3439 (either a scarlet oak or chestnut oak) was planted by Miss D. Buckland on 09 June 1919.

Plaque for Thomas Cousins on 'his' tree in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour, 2015. Photograph: Gaida Stevens
Thomas Cousins' tree on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour, 2015. Photograph: Gaida Stevens

See also

Francis J. Blanchfield, brother-in-law of Thomas Cousins

Cyril Wingrave, brother-in-law of Thomas Cousins

Ballarat Avenue of Honour

World War One



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--Beth Kicinski 13:20, 19 June 2013 (EST)--Gaida Stevens 19:18, 20 March 2015 (AEDT)

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