Private Thomas Ashby
Thomas Ashby was born in Werribee, Victoria, one of 11 children of Joseph and Elizabeth Ashby. The family lived in Mambourin Street, Werribee, and ran a saddlery business, Ashby & Sons.
Tom was single and working as a saddler in the family business when he enlisted as a Private in Melbourne on 26 June 1915, aged 27. He was described as being over 6 feet tall, 11 stone 7 lbs with blue eyes and light brown hair. The enlistment papers stated that he had previously been rejected as unfit for military service on medical grounds, due to a chest condition.
In early July, Tom began training at the Ascot Vale Training Camp, situated at the showgrounds. However, only three months later he was discharged as medically unfit. The diagnosis was Neurasthenia, a condition characterised by persistent physical and mental exhaustion. According to his service record, the condition originated three years earlier due to ‘overwork’, and was not considered to be linked to his military service.
Thomas' name was listed in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 12 August 1915, p.3.
His name did not appear of the RSL Honor Board.
Medals & Entitlements:
- None awarded
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