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In Memory of



1149, 23rd Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

who died age 27

on 20 June 1916

Son of Thomas Edward and Eliza Bulch; husband of Ivy Bulch, of 10, Victory Square, Armadale, Victoria, Australia. Native of Victoria.

Remembered with honour







Gravesite was visted by Eric Tomkins in 2004

Eric writes - My mother's brother, Thomas Edward Bulch Jnr. son of Thomas Edward Bulch and Eliza Ann Paterson, enlisted on 29/3/1915 at the age of 27 years in the 23rd Battalion, service number 1149. He was from a family of five children, and was married, with three children of his own. He was living in Geelong Victoria and a member of a brass band and joined up with members of the band. The battalion subsequently had a brass band from it's inception. He left Australia on the ship "Euripedes" on 8/5/1915. The battalion arrived in Alexandria on 12/6/1915 where it completed advanced training. The battalion left for Gallipoli 30/8/1915 and he was listed as a stretcher bearer throughout the campaign. The 23rd Battalion served at Lone Pine until they left Gallipoli in December 1915.Thomas was promoted to Sergeant Bugler on 1/1/1916. The battalion returned to Alexandria on/1/1916. They moved on to France disembarking in Marseilles on 26/3/1916. On reaching Armentiers Thomas was attached to Headquarters. His records show that he was wounded in action on 19/6/1916 with shell  wounds to right hand and knee. He was admitted to the No.2 Casualty Clearing  Station where it was found he had a head wound as well. He died on 20/6/1916 and is buried in the Bailleul Cemetery. An examination of his helmet showed it had been pierced by a splinter of shrapnel and the wound escaped examination in the first inspection. As steel helmets had only been issued on the arrival of the battalion in France, the helmet was sent to England for inspection. The helmet was later stored in the War Museum.


Cpl JSP Bulch



He also served

My mother's younger brother John Southey Paterson Bulch, enlisted on/6/1916 at the age of 20 years as reinforcements for the 22nd Battalion, service number 5800. His family details are the same as for Thomas except he was not married. He was also a bandsman and was attached to the Royal Park Military band. He left Melbourne on the ship "Nestor" on 2/10/1916 as  22nd battalion reinforcements, arriving in England on 16/11/1916 for training. They left for France, arriving on 2/7/1916. He was promoted L/Cpl in the field on 2/12/1917. He served with the battalion to the end of the war and was promoted to corporal on 9/4/1919. He was a member of the battalion band and was in charge of the band when it was returned to Australia. He arrived back in Australia in Sep 1919.