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  • This photo of George Tomlinson was first published in the Retford Times newspaper on 12/11/15
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Retford, Nottinghamshire
John Tomlinson married Emma Jane Sheppard at Retford in 1884. They lived in Spittal Hill in Retford for the rest of their lives and all their children were born there except the first born, Grace who was born in Newark in 1884. The couple had another ten children, John George 1885, Fanny 1886, Kathleen 1888, Florence Jane 1891, Emma 1893, Leonard 1896, Dorothy 1899. Ethel 1898, Christina 1901, Mary Charlotte 1904 and Margaret born 1906. John sup-ported his family through his earnings as a lifelong occupation as a house painter and decorator. There were two of their offspring who did not survive after joining the colours. One was George Tomlinson who was born in 1885 and registered as John George. Although mainly referred to as George, in 1911 he was working at Doncaster for the Doncaster Wire Company as a wire drawer under the name John George. In 1914 he married Frances Mary Thackery in Rotherham and the following year had a son named George W Tomlinson who was born back in Retford. George’s younger brother, Leonard also failed to return from the war. He was 10 years Georges’ junior and in 1911 had started working as an apprentice iron moulder in the local foundry, aged just 15.
14 Nov 1914
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1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
John George Tomlinson enlisted at Retford in the 1st Lincolns. The Regiment landed at Le Havre on 14 August 1914. He died, killed in action, 3 months later, possibly in the Battle of the Aisne. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Pte George Tomlinson The Retford Times 25th Dec 1914 Mr and Mrs John Tomlinson, 57 Spital Hill, Retford, received the sad news on Saturday that their eldest son, Private Geo. Tomlinson, 1st Lincolnshire Regiment, was killed in action at a place not stated on November 14th last. A leaflet was enclosed signed by Lord Kitchener intimating that, “The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and the Queen in your sorrow.” Private Tomlinson was a reservist and when recalled to the colours last August, he only had a few months to complete his service in the Army. He was a postman at Maltby and leaves a widow. Writing his last letter home, under date 5th November, the deceased soldier said:- “I am just enjoying a few days at case, and I could do with it. I am not very well. I think it is only cold. I could do with a good “bust” up for a change. Don’t worry much, as it is no good. There are lots of things I should like but I think I can manage until Christmas, when, from what I read in the papers, we are to receive presents. We have cold nights. We have plenty of clothes but it is the wet that is the worst. We have some nice weather at times but I don’t think I shall bother for a holiday out here. I think I am a cat of nine lives. The men who came out with us are nearly all gone. I am only just alive, as we have had it a bit rough. I am lucky to get out of it, but here I am – a slight tap. It is all fight, but we must expect it. I don’t think the people in England seem to realise what it is like out here. Grande and Taylor went under yesterday, with about 500. We had altogether a loss of 1,200.” Mr and Mrs Tomlinson have another son , Leonard in the York and Lancaster Regiment, now serving at the front.
CWG additional information:- Son of John and Emma Tomlinson, of 57, Spital Hill, Retford; husband of Frances Mary Tomlinson, of 55, Spital Hill, Retford, Notts. Research by Colin Dannatt.
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  • This photo of George Tomlinson was first published in the Retford Times newspaper on 12/11/15
    John George Tomlinson - This photo of George Tomlinson was first published in the Retford Times newspaper on 12/11/15