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Thomas Denton HARKER

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Surname: HARKER

Forename(s): Thomas Denton

Place of Birth: Blackburn, Lancashire

Service No: 4140

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Australian Infantry

Battalion / Unit: 60th Battalion

Division: 5th Australian Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1916-07-19

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 21.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

Thomas Denton Harker (who served as Thomas Jackson) was the son of Henrietta Harker (born West Witton, Yorkshire, c. 1869), the daughter of Simon and Margaret Harker, née Wilson. Simon was born at Lodge Green, Gunnerside and Margaret at West Witton, Yorkshire.

1901 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: 6, Green Lane - Thomas Harker, aged 6 years, born Nelson, Lancashire, grandson of Matthew Green, widower. [Richard Jackson, Matthew’s adopted son and his wife, Ettie, were also present. Henrietta Harker had married Richard Jackson in 1901.]

1911 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: 6, Green Lane - Thomas Denton Harker, aged 16 years, born Blackburn, Lancashire, son of Richard and Hetty Jackson.

In 2009, the remains of 250 Australian and British Great War soldiers were recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood, France. Private Thomas Denton Harker (Thomas Jackson) may have been one of these and reburied as an unknown Australian soldier in Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

The image of the cap badge also shows the colour patch of the battalion.

Photograph: 'West Yorkshire Pioneer' (8 September 1916).

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Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:


HARKER, T., of the Australian Imperial Force, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson, Green Lane, Glusburn, killed in action Aug. 19, 1916.


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Private Thomas Denton HARKER

Private Thomas Denton HARKER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Australian Infantry

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Australian Infantry

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Australian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Australian Division

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Surname: No entry in SDGW - Australian Forces.










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Surname: JACKSON

Forename(s): Thomas

Country of Service: Australian

Service Number: 4140

Rank: Private

Regiment: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Unit: 60th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 19/07/1916

Additional Information: (Also known as Thomas Denton Harker). Son of Richard and Henrietta Jackson, of 6, Green Lane, Glusburn, Keighley, Yorks, England. Native of Blackburn, England.




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08 September 1916


Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson, of Green Lane, Glusburn, received information on Tuesday morning that their only son, Private Thomas Harker, of the 60th Battalion, late of the 22nd Australian Imperial Force, was killed in action on August 19th in France. Two years last February Private Harker left his village home for Australia in answer to advertisements for emigrants to take up work under the Commonwealth Government. When an appeal was made for volunteers to form an expeditionary force he answered the call and left Australia for Egypt. A message was received from friends in Australia stating that their son, along with others, had been accorded an enthusiastic send-off to take their share in the Great War. Prior to leaving for Australia, Private Harker was employed at the firm of Messrs. T. and M. Bairstow, Sutton Mill. He was the only child, and much sympathy is felt for the grief-stricken parents who had been looking forward with great expectation to their son coming home soon.

The following is the letter received from headquarters, a former letter having been received on Monday, stating that their son was missing:– “Australian Imperial Force – Dear Sir, It is with deepest regret that I have to convey to you the very sad intelligence that your son, Thomas Harker, of the 60th Battalion, late 22nd Australian Imperial Force, previously reported missing on the 16th August, was killed in action on August 19th whilst serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France. No further details have been received respecting the circumstances concerning this most unfortunate happening. I am directed to express the heartfelt sympathy of the Commonwealth Government to all those bereaved in this sad irreparable loss. – R.W. Murphy, Lieut., Administrative Headquarters, A.I.F.”

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