Corporal Joseph S. V. Thompson

9th Battalion A.I.F

Killed in Action: 25 July 1916

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Bell Police Station

Constable Joseph Thompson joined the Queensland Police on the 24 of March 1908 at the age of 23. He was stationed at Petrie Terrace, Roma Street, Cunnamulla, Eromanga and Bell stations over his seven years of service before joining the A.I.F in July 1915.  Private Thompson embarked aboard the HMAT Seang Bee A48 on the 21 of October 1915 as part of the 25th Infantry Battalion. On arrival in Egypt the A.I.F was re-organised by creating 16 new Battalions, each containing several experienced soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. Thompson was posted to ‘D’ company of the 9th Battalion where he was promoted to Corporal. His company left Alexandria and arrived in Marseilles on the 5 of April 1916, and then they travelled by train to Belgian Flanders. Corporal Thomson was killed in action on the 22 of July 1916 during the early stages of the Battle of Pozieres. Almost all of his company became casualties and those who survived were forced to retire. Thompson was 31 years of age at the time of his death.

Corporal Thomas Dedman

12th Battallion A.I.F

Killed in Action: 26 July 1916​

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Childers Police Station

Constable Thomas Dedman served in the Queensland Police for six years before being granted a leave of absence to join the A.I.F in 1915. He, like Corporal Thompson embarked aboard the HMAT Seang Bee A48 on the 21 of October 1915 as part of the 26th Infantry Battalion. On arrival in Egypt the A.I.F was re-organised by creating 16 new Battalions, each containing several experienced soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. Dedman was posted to the 12th Battalion where we was promoted to Corporal. His company left Alexandria and arrived in Marseilles on the 5  of April 1916, and then they travelled by train to Belgian Flanders. In early July, the 12th Battalion moved to take part in the attack on the village of Pozieres, set for the 23 of July 1916. Corporal Dedman was last seen when the 12th Battalion went ‘over the top’ during an attack on the 23 of July. There are conflicting accounts of what occurred and how Corporal Dedman was killed. One report states he was killed by a shell at 5am that morning, another report states he was killed by machine gun fire during an attack on the 24 of July as he did not return with the men who were forced back to their trench.  His body was not found after the attack and a court of inquiry found that he was killed in action between the 23 and 24 of July 1916. His remains were found some months later and he was buried in an unmarked grave near Pozieres, supposedly in the Pozieres British Cemetery. He was 34 years old.

Sergeant George Dewhurst

25th Battalion A.I.F

Killed in Action: 5 November 1916

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Mungana Police Station

Constable George Dewhurst joined the Queensland Police on the 11 February 1914. Dewhurst joined the A.I.F while stationed in Cairns and was allotted to the 25th Infantry Battalion. The 25th Battalion was dispatched to ANZAC Cove arriving on the 11 of September 1915. They took over the line at Cheshire Ridge. In late September of that year Sergeant Dewhurst fell ill and was evacuated to Mudros, Greece. On the 12 October he returned to his battalion.

Several men fell ill due to a monotonous diet devoid of fresh fruit and vegetables. Dewhurst and several men were again evacuated with ‘jaundice’. It took many months for Dewhurst to recover. He re-joined his Battalion in France on the 30 of September 1916 at Abelle, where they were resting following the Battle of Pozieres. At 9.10am on 5 November 1916 Sergeant Dewhurst and his Battalion (including Private William Bishop) fell to machine gun fire while advancing  on foot in thick mud, from Flers to Bapaume towards a heavily defended German held position. Of the 100 men of the 25th Battalion who took part in the attack, 81 were either wounded or killed.

Private William E. Bishop

25th Battalion A.I.F

Killed in Action: 5 November 1916

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Roma Street Police Station

Constable William Bishop was 20 years old when he immigrated to Australia from England. He joined the Queensland Police on the 26 of November 1912. He was stationed at Roma Street until he took a leave of absence to join the 25th Battalion on the 5 of August 1915. He embarked aboard the HMAT Armadale A26 on the 18 of September 1915. The 25th Battalion had been withdrawn from Gallipoli when Bishop arrived to join them at Ismailia in March 1916. Two days later, they embarked to France.  In May of 1916 Bishop suffered a nasal obstruction which required hospitalisation. He returned on the 13 July as they were moving towards the brickfields near Albert. Just after midnight on the 29 of July, the 25th Battalion entered the Battle of Pozieres. And while Bishop survived, 680 men of the 25th Battalion lost their lives during the 14 days in the line.

On 5 November 1916 Private Bishop and his Battalion (including Sergeant Dewhurst ) from fell to machine gun fire while advancing on foot and through thick mud from Flers to Bapaume towards a heavily defended German held position. Of the 100 men of the 25th Battalion who took part in this attack, 81 were either wounded or killed. Private William Bishop was only 25 yeas old and his body was never found.