Michael T. Glynn

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Michael Thomas Glynn served with the AIF during World War One.



Glynn was born at Sago Hill, near Ballarat, in 1882, the son of John Glynn and Mary McDonell.[1]

He was employed by the Electric Supply Company of Victoria as a casual conductor on the Ballarat tramway in 1906. His name is recorded in the ESCo records as being "John Thomas Glenn".[2]

In 1909 he was a witness at the coroner's court after a passenger was killed:

Mr. H. M. Murphy, P.M., on Monday held an inquest on the body of Mr. J. H. Bates, who died as the result of injuries received on the previous Wednesday night. Mr. H. Troup appealed for the Electric Supply Company, and Mr. R. J. Gribble for the relatives, while Sergeant Curtain conducted the case for the police. Thomas Glenn, tram-conductor, and other witnesses gave evidence to the effect that Mr. Bates, who was riding on the rear platform of a car, walked along the footboard to reach some timber belonging to him. He either stepped or fell off, and his coat was caught by the trailer, which dragged him along the road for a short distance. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.[3]

On 2 October 1910 he became a motorman.[2] On the 21 January 1916 he resigned from the tramways, a note in the records has "no reason given".[2] A later hand has added that he has joined the Expeditionary Forces, and another hand has noted that he was "killed on active service."[2]

Glynn enlisted on 1 February 1916, where his name was recorded as "Thomas Glenn", though this has been written over and changed to Michael Thomas Glynn.[4] At enlistment he was unmarried, his father was deceased, and his mother had remarried; Mrs Mary Dalgleish, living at 3 Princess Street, Ballarat East.[4] His enlistment papers also reveal that he was five foot six inches tall weighing 133 pounds with a 37 inch chest.[4] He had blue eyes and brown hair, could hold his breath for 50 seconds and had false teeth.[4]

He joined "A" Company, 37th Battalion, and trained at Seymour. He was listed as absent without leave on 16 May 1916 and fined five shillings.[4] He left Melbourne on the "Perscic" on 3 June 1916. He arrived in Plymouth on the 25 July 1916. In August he spent a week in the Tidmouth Military Hospital with bronchitis. On 22 November 1916 he was sent into action in France. On 14 June 1917 he was listed as missing.[4] On 2 July 1917 he was confirmed as being killed in action.[4] His burial was reported on 31 July 1917.[4] Military records give his death as being on 8 June 1917.[4] This was the third day of the Battle of Messines, in which 26,000 soldiers were killed. A handwritten note in his file records that he was "buried in Area ?lu? 28 U3d SE Messines, 4a?? between Bellheem Farm and Seplieme Barn 1700 yards to the south."[4]

From the Ballarat Star, 17 July 1917:

Killed in Action.— Mrs Aitken, of 10 Durham street, has received word that her brother. Pte. M. T. Glenn, was killed in action in France on 9th June. Pte. Glenn was previously reported missing. He was 35 years of age, and a single man, and prior to enlisting was employed by the Electric Supply Company on the Ballarat trams. Mrs Hood, of Princes street, and Mrs Davies (Clifton Hill) are sisters of the deceased. He left Victoria on 3rd June, 1916, with the 37th Battalion.[5]

His sister, Mrs. Margaret Hood, of 4 Princess Street Sth, Ballarat, received his service medals in 1922.[4] She wrote to the army in 1927 hoping to find a copy of his will. She described herself as being his only living relative. The army replied that they had no record of a will.[4]


World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour. His name is also recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium,[6] Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31.[7] A memorial tree was planted at the Ballarat Tram Depot in Wendouree Parade, which was left in place when the depot was extended in the 1930's.

See also



  1. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1882 Births, Ref. No. 11717, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Tramway Staff, Ballarat Tramways, Electric Supply Co. Staff Register, pgs X, 7, 19, Ballarat Tramway Museum Archives, No. 6100
  3. 1909 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 15 June, p. 3, viewed 23 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10703159
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 National Archives of Australia, World War I records, B2455, GLYNN M T, SERN 276, http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx accessed 14 December 2013
  5. 1917 'Killed in action.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 20 July, p. 4, viewed 27 September, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154713272
  6. https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1729967/ Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial.
  7. http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx?cpage=1 Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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--Beth Kicinski 09:21, 23 August 2013 (EST)

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