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|Place of Birth:||Wallaroo (S.A.)|
|Next of Kin:||Thomas Cain - Father ; Railway Inspector, Tailem Bend, S.A.|
|Biographical notes:||Thomas Cain arrived in Port Darwin on ss ‘Changsa’ on 29 June 1898 with his wife Margaret Cain and five of their youngest children (Cyril Francis, Olive Mary, (Arthur) Norman, James (Jim) Laurence & Roy Augustine) to take up a position with the Palmerston – Pine Creek Railway. John Michael and Joseph joined them at a later date. Thomas was to spend fourteen years working as the District Maintenance Foreman before leaving to take up a similar position with the Great Northern Railway at Hergott Springs, South Australia in 1912. Another child, Leo was born in 1900. The family quickly integrated itself within the community, due largely to the musical abilities of Thomas and at least four of the children, performing at events with the Palmerston Musical and Dramatic Society. The children participated in fancy dress parades, and as they matured, joined various sporting clubs such as the Palmerston Cricket club and Palmerston Rifle Club. When war was declared four of the boys enlisted: Joseph, (Arthur) Norman, Cyril Francis and James Laurence better known as Jim who was the only one killed in action.|
|Date of Enlistment:||19-Jun-1915|
|Age at Enlistment:||33|
|Place of Enlistment:||Liverpool (N.S.W.)|
|Unit:||18th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement|
|Service:||Australian Imperial Force|
|Date of Death:||1921-05-15|
|Place of Death:||Bedford Park (S.A.)|
|Service History:||Cain embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A54 'Runic' on 9 August 1915. Returned to Australia 'Osterley' 22 May 1920. Awarded the Croix de Guerre awarded by the President of the French Republic. Gazetted: London Gazette No. 30184, 13 July 1917.|
|Related link:||Embarkation Roll - HMAT A54 'Runic'.|
Unit War Diary
"Soldiers letters", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 16 March 1916: p.15.
Croix de Guerre
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
|Appears in Collections:||Returned ANZACs|
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