Theodor Pflaum

Name: Theodor Milton Pflaum

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Units Served: 32nd Battalion, 8th Machine Gun Company, 25th Machine Gun Company

Personal Details: Theodor Pflaum was born in September 1895 to Theodor and Mary Jane Pflaum at Blumberg (now known as Birdwood), South Australia. He was a clerk before he enlisted and had served in the Senior Cadets and in the Machine Gun Section of the 79th Infantry Battalion. He was 5' 8 1/2" tall, with a medium complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair and he weighed 154lbs at enlistment.

Enlistment Details: Theodor enlisted on the 16th July, 1915 at Keswick, at the age of 19 years and 10 months. He was assigned to the 32nd Battalion.

Details of War Service: Theodor embarked from  Adelaide on the 18th November aboard the "Geelong" with his brother Raymond, and disembarked at Suez on the 16th December. On the 9th March he was transferred to the 8th Machine Gun Company and on the 1st of June was promoted to Corporal. On the 16th June he emabrked from Alexandria aboard the "Tunisian" and disemabarked at Marseilles on the 23rd. On the 1st September he was promoted to sergeant. On the 10th February 1917, he was transferred to the 25th Machine Gun Company and was made 2nd Lieutenant in England for training. He received training in bombing and handling revolvers before returning to France on the 7th September. On the 24th September, during the Battle of Menin Road, he was wounded in action with a shrapnel wound to the left thigh which caused a compound fracture. He died of his wounds that day at the 10th Casualty Clearing Station.

Date of Death: 24th September 1917

Age at Death: 22

Cemetery Details: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, Plot XXV, Row F, Grave 2.

Commemorated by


Chloe Oborn


Flo Bourke

8th December 2010