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Thomas William was the husband of Hannah Finch (née Harrington late Leavesley) Morley whom he had married in 1907 in Nottingham and the father of Evelyn Morley born 1910 in Radford and Hannah b1914 Nottingham. In 1911 they lived at 12 Auckland Street Radford Nottingham and were shown as Thomas Wiliam 24 yrs a confectioner he is living with his wife Hannah 24 yrs and their daughter Evelyn 1 year, also living at the address is Mable Finch 20 yrs , sister in law a wire worker.
05 Aug 1916
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Royal Field Artillery
Gunner Thomas William Morley, enlisted in Nottingham and served with the 25th Divisional Ammunition Column. He landed in France on 26th September 1915, he was killed accidentally on 5th August 1916. He is buried in Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
two of his brother in laws were also killed during the Great War :- Sgt. David Finch, 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, was killed in action on 13th September 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission give his date of death as 16th September 1916. However, it is more likely that the date given by the family is correct – the war diary supports this. Sgt. Samuel Finch, 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, was killed in action at Hooge on 9th August 1915. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate. In memoriam notice published 24th October 1916 in the Nottinghamshire Evening Post :- “FlNCH. — Killed in action. September 13th, 1916. Sergeant David Finch, Sherwood Foresters, of 28, Auckland-street, Radford, brother of Sergeant Samuel Finch, killed in action, August, 9th, 1915, also brother-in-law of Gunner Thomas W. Morley, 49, Mitchell-street, killed in action, August 5th, 1916. In a far and lonely battlefield, where the trees their branches bend, lie our loved ones, gone to their untimely end. Silently the shades of evening gather round our lonely door, silently they bring before us faces we shall see no more. Duty nobly done. — Broken-hearted mother, soldier brother Jack, & sisters.” In memoriam published 6th August 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “MORLEY. – In remembrance of Thomas William Morley, killed in France, August 6th, 1916. – Wife and children.” Above are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Smal Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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