Hosking, Second Lieutenant Thomas

No 2 Sqn AFC

Thomas Hosking was born in Brockley, London, in 1896 and was working as an Electrical Engineer in Melbourne when enlisted in the 39th Infantry Battalion at Ballarat on 15 August 1916. He had previously served in the Territorial Army in England, and in the 8th Infantry Battalion AIF, which he joined in December 1914 and with which he departed from Melbourne on HMAT A46 Clan McGillivray on 2 February 1915. He served at Gallipoli and was evacuated to Lemnos in August on medical grounds, including enteric fever, which caused him to be subsequently hospitalised in Malta before being returned to Australia and discharged. He left from Melbourne for the second time on RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916. After a short period in hospital with a minor illness after arrival in the UK, he transferred to the AFC in August 1917 and graduated as a pilot in January 1918, when he was commissioned. He was posted to No 2 Sqn on 28 February.

He was killed in action on 28 March 1918 while flying SE 5a A8913. He failed to return from an 09.40 Patrol after last being seen over Oppy. Ltn Emil Koch of Jasta 32 was credited with a victory over an SE 5a over Mercatel at 10.10; it was the 1st of his eventual 7 victories.

2Lt T Hosking has no known grave.

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