Arthur Thomas (Tom) Cairns

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† Cairns, Lance-Corporal Arthur Thomas(Tom) no. 3726.

13th Battalion 12th Reinforcements.

“Mindaribba” Garnet Street, Hurlstone Park.

Locomotive fireman.

NSW Government Railways.

Born 1893 at Strathfield, son of John Gray & Bridget Agnes Cairns.

Educated at Petersham School.

Enlisted at Hurlstone Park 8/8/1915, aged 22. (Enlisted with R.T. Carswell)



Next of kin: father, John Gray Cairns, “Minda River” Garnet Street, Dulwich Hill.

Roll of Honor DT 2/10/1916 Killed in action, 15th August 1916 [at Mouquet Farm], aged 22 years 11 months; was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs J.G. Cairns of “Mindaribba”, Garnet Street, Dulwich Hill.

Men who fell DT 2/10/1916 Lance-corporal A.T. Cairns, killed in action in France, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs J.G. Cairns, of Garnet Street, Dulwich Hill, aged 22 years 11 months. He enlisted at Richmond (on 8/8/1915), and left for the front in December last year. An uncle, G.R Telfer, was killed at Gallipoli, and he also has a cousin now in camp.

Buried Serre Road Cemetery no.2, France. Grave no. XIX.B.11.

Many of the Australians buried in Serre Road Cemetery were re-interred in the early 1920s from battlefield graves.

Monument, Euston Road, Hurlstone Park Killed in Action (Cairns, T.)

Anzac Memorial.

Australian War Memorial record available at: [accessed 26/08/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002