‘To my darling sister “Minnie” from Tom’ studio portrait of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas John Todd, State Library of New Zealand
Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas John Todd, a 41 year old Accountant and Boer War veteran from Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia, enlisted on the 2nd October 1914 into the 10th Light Horse Regiment. The 10th Light Horse embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia aboard HMAT A47 Mashobra on the 8th February 1915 for Egypt.
Having actively participated at Gallipoli, the defence of the Suez Canal and subsequent campaigns in the Sinai the Light Horse were moved towards Palestine. Todd was wounded in action on the 19th April 1917 during the Second Battle of Gaza where the 10th suffered their heaviest casualties since Gallipoli. The regiment went onto take part in the Battle of Beersheba and the follow up actions that lasted until early January 1918.
Group portrait of the Commanding Officer and Staff officers of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade, Dec 1918, Front row: Second left, Col Thomas John Todd CMG DSO, The Australian War Memorial, B00812 refers
From this time onwards, for the next two months, the 10th Light Horse Regiment remained in continuous combat action until relieved for three months refit and training at Deir el Belah from early January 1918. In early April 1918, the 10th Light Horse Regiment moved into the Jordan Valley and took part in the invasion of Moab and took Es Salt during the action of 30 April – 4 May 1919.
Sadly, Lieutenant Colonel Todd, having lived through the Great War, fell ill and died in Cairo on the 23rd of January 1919. For his services, TODD was awarded the DSO and Bar, and CMG. He was laid to rest in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, plot Q. 263 after a full military funeral.
Pallbearers carrying the coffin to the burial site at the funeral of the late Lieutenant Colonel Thomas John Todd CMG DSO, The Australian War Memorial, B00846 refers.
Sounding the Last Post at the funeral of the late Lieutenant Colonel Thomas John Todd CMG DSO, The Australian War Memorial, B00845 refers.
The floral tribute decked grave of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas John Todd CMG DSO, The Australian War Memorial, B00849 refers.