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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Thomas Herbert Pierssené
Also known as: Pierssené, Thomas Herbert;Herbert, Thomas;Pierssene, Thomas Herbert
Rank: Private
Service Number: 64393
Place of Birth: Katanning (W.A.)
Next of Kin: Herbert Pierssené - friend ; 697 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, Perth, W.A.
Biographical notes: Herb Pierssené was born in 1901 at Morley in Western Australia, the son of Herbert and Angela Elizabeth nee Piferrer. His father was the compiler of “The Western Australia Directory” in 1894-1895 and the “Albany Guide and Handbook of Western Australia”. His father was a merchant and importer of English Continental and Ceylon goods. He was an agent for McCulluch Carrying Company and a bottler of West Australian wines. His parents married in Kalgoorlie in 1899. Electoral rolls place Pierssené in Katherine in 1929 (motor driver). He is listed in Darwin in 1928 (contractor), 1931, 1934, 1937, 1940 living in Mitchell Street, (Carrier). He married Eunice Edith Aitken on 17 December 1929 at Christ Church Cathedral in Darwin. Newspaper articles mention him as an active member of the Darwin Rifle Club in the late 30s and early 1940s. World War Two evacuation list 1/CA1070/CRSF430 states that A.H., K.J., V.L., E.R. and Mrs E.E. Pierssené were evacuated on the ‘Zealandia’ on 20 December 1941. They were destined to stay with a Mrs V.L. Aitken, 27 Jellico Street, Hurstville, NSW. National Archives office in Darwin [www.naa.gov.au] has records for various land acquisitions by Pierssené in Darwin in the 1940s. The attached photographs were provided by his daughter Rae Egan.
Occupation: Station Hand
Date of Enlistment: 6-Aug-1918
Age at Enlistment: 20
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane (Qld.)
Unit: 6th Reinforcements
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1973
Place of Death: Brisbane (Qld.)
Place of Burial: Gardens Road Cemetery, Darwin
Service History: Pierssené's earliest service record (5862) was when he was a young boy in the Navy. This service ran from 19 October 1916 until 29 August 1917. His adult service commenced when he enlisted under an assumed name, Thomas Herbert, in Brisbane in 1918. His name was amended to the correct version on 3 September 1919 (Private Thomas Herbert Pierssené). His service record states he had no legal guardian and his parents’ whereabouts were unknown at enlistment. He was a member of the 6th Reinforcements Egypt. He embarked on 16 October 1918, on HMAT 'Malta' and disembarked at Suez on 22 November 1918. He left Suez on 26 July 1919 and disembarked in Australia on 22 August 1919. He was discharged from service in Perth on 5 September 1919.
Related link: NT Place Names Register: Piersenne Road
Service Record – Navy
Pierssené family photographs
“Family Notices”, Western Mail, 18 October 1923: p.38.
“Family Notices”, Northern Standard, 17 December 1929: p.5.
Australian Cemetery Index - Thomas Herbert Pierssene
“Man Injured”, Northern Territory Times, 6 November 1931: p.7.
Service Record
“Family Notices”, The West Australian, 3 January 1931: p.1.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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