William Thomas Wise
Serial Number and Rank: 6605, L/CPL
Birth: 10 April 1896 Burwood Sydney 1896/11512
Parents: William and Esther Wise
Enlisted: 15 May 1916
Service: 13th Battalion
War Record: RTA 19 June 1919
Death: 8 October 1960 Milton. Burial: Sandridge Cemetery CE/C7/123 Mollymook
Marriage: Harriet Grace Ingold
Honour Rolls: Milton Church of England, RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial, Yatte Yattah Community
Notes: 1922 Labourer Woodstock Rd Milton
Tom Wise was born William Thomas Wise in 1896 at Burwood Sydney, son of William and Esther Wise. He was known locally as Tom Wise. The Times Newspaper included in the weekly Milton War Honor Roll his name as Thomas Wise.
He was working at Milton and Yatte Yattah as a farm labourer when he enlisted for war service at Kiama in May 1916, Tom aged 20 years stood just 5 foot, 2 inches tall, he had previous served with the Cadets and the 28th Australian Light Horse.
He was assigned to the 13th Battalion, embarking for overseas service aboard the HMAT Ceramic A40 in October 1916. Also aboard HMAT Ceramic A40 with Tom were two local men, Ernest Job Seymour and Richard Johnson with the 45th Battalion.
Tom served fought with 13th Battalion serving in France, he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the chest in March 1918 returning to England for convalescing.
In March and April 1918, the 13th Battalion helped to stop the German spring offensive. The Battalion subsequently played a role in the great allied offensive of 1918, fighting near Amiens on August 8, 1918. This advance by British and empire troops was the greatest success in a single day on the Western Front, one that German General Erich Ludendorff described as “..the black day of the German Army in this war…”.
He re-joined his unit in August 1918 in France and was promoted to Lance Corporal, returning to Australia in June 1919 with the 13th battalion and discharged in September 1919, coming home to Milton.
Other local men who served with the 13th Battalion include James McDonald Backhouse, Frederick William Creamer, Leslie Charles Davis, Albert Stanley (Stan) Cork, Richard Johnson and Peter Gould Young.
In 1922 Tom married local girl Harriett Grace Ingold, and their descendants still live in Milton and Ulladulla area today. He requested his British War and Victory medals in 1928 which were sent to his home in Myrtle Street Milton
Tom is listed on many local war memorials including Milton Church of England, Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial and the Yatte Yattah Community board.