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Thomas was born in 1887 in Sneinton and was the son of Thomas a bricklayer and Mary Wildbur née Haines who lived at 5 Garricks Yard in the parish of St Mary's Nottingham. Thomas married his wife Elizabeth in 1903 and they had six children but sadly lost one in infancy. Their children were:- Thomas born 29/01/1904, Annie born 08/09/1907, Henry born 08/09/1910, Albert born 21/09/1912, Mary born 25/02/1917 and Alice born 28/07/1918. In the 1911 census the family are living at 36 Stanhope St, Sneinton, Nottingham Thomas is 36 years and a labourer in a bone mill, his wife Elizabeth is 35 yrs and a lace clipper in the lace trade, also at the address are their children Ernest 13 yrs, Thomas 7 yrs, Annie 4 yrs , and Henry 6 months, they stated they had been married for 8 years and had lost one child in infancy. Upon joining the army it was noted that he had the following tattoos , on left forearm, 'Buffalo Bill' a sailor and a peacock and on his right forearm a lady's head and the word 'Rose' in letters. On his discharge from the army he was allowed by the pension board a pension of 8 shillings and 3 pence a week and also 5 shillings and 3 pence a week for his five children.
06 Oct 1918
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Lance Corporal
Labour Corps
Thomas was 38 years and 337 days old when he enlisted in Nottingham on 12th September 1914. His next of kin was his wife Elizabeth who was living at 10 Snowhill, Colwick Street, Nottingham. His army service record does not appear to have survived, however his pension record and discharge details have. From these records we can see that following his enlistment he joined the Leicestershire Regiment with service number 10/12539, he was stationed between 18th September 1914 and 14th November 1915 at various training camps including Leicester, Fort Nelson, Deerbolt Park Camp and Penkridge Bank Camp. On 14th November 1915 he was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers. He served on home duties throughout his time in the army and was on 28th April 1917 finally transferred to the 7th battalion of the Labour Corps. On 25th July 1917 at Nottingham he was discharged from the army; he was no longer fit for war service. This had been authorised by a medical board at Rugely Camp sitting on 4th July 1917. It further stated he became unfit through ordinary military service. His address on discharged was 10 Snowhill, Colwick St, Nottingham. He was 42 years of age and had served for 2 years and 312 days. Just over a year later on 6th October 1918 he died at Nottingham and was buried in the General Cemetery.
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