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KELSALL, Thomas Hastie (1919-1941) +

KELSALL, Thomas Hastie (1919-1941)

Thomas Kelsall. (War Service).

Thomas Kelsall.
(War Service, 1946).

Thomas Kelsall.

Thomas Kelsall.

Thomas Hastie Kelsall died on 7 July 1941, during World War II in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) as the result of an aircraft accident. At the time he was a Leading Aircraftman with 26 Elementary Flight Training School, South Rhodesian Air Force.

Born at Warracknabeal, Victoria he was the son of Thomas Hastie Kelsall and Frances Dorothy nee McCraw. He was a versatile athlete at School, his trophies including the senior swimming, boxing and dancing prizes. He was a School Prefect in 1936 and 1937, Captain of Warrinn House, a member of the 1st Rowing Crew of 1936 and 1937 an the 1st Football Team from 1935 to 1937, a member of the Athletics Team from 1935 to 1936 and its Captain in 1937, and a Cadet Corps Lieutenant.
T H Kelsall (Football, 1935).

T H Kelsall (Football, 1935).

After leaving School, he had worked on his father’s property near Wagga Wagga named Broughton Brook. He enlisted at Sydney, NSW on 16 September, 1940. Pegasus indicated that he had been injured in a previous aircraft accident in February, 1941 but had been returned to active service after convalescence. His two brothers John William Guthrie (1917-1938) and Kenneth Bowman Kelsall (1924-1998) attended the College.

The T A Kelsall Memorial Seat on the southern side of the Chapel at the Senior School Campus was dedicated in his memory.

Sources: Pegasus December 1941 p 69; Pegasus January 1943 p 5; Pegasus June 1943 p 47.
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