At a ceremony in Bundaberg in Queensland in Australia recently, Acting Inspector Glenn Cameron laid a poppy wreath to honour Constable Thomas McGillycuddy who wasfrom Killarney and who died in the First World War.
Constable McGillycuddy was one of 30 Queensland Police Constables who took the leave from the Queensland Police Service and died whilst on active service during the First World War.
After emigrating from Killarney, Ireland at the age of 21, Thomas joined the Queensland Police in June 1913.
He last served at Bundaberg Police Station before joining the 15th Infantry Battalion in August 1915.
Thomas saw active service in Gallipoli, the Battle of Pozieres in France and Battle of Messines Ridge before being absorbed into the 45th Battalion.
Wounded in August-1916 with severe shrapnel wounds to the foot, thigh and hip and treated in Sir Patrick Dunnes Hospital in Dublin. Returned to the battlefields of France in May-1916 and wounded again in June-1917 with gunshot wounds to the arm. Treated in hospital in Rouen and returned to the trenches in November-1917.
On the July 8, 1918, at the age of 26, Thomas was killed in action Somme, France.