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Parents: William and Eliza Ann Cudworth of 18 Sandy Lane, Mansfield. Wife: Ann Eliza, nee KIrk, married 1913. Their daughter, Irene was born in 1913. They lived at 113 New Gladstone Street, Mansfield.
Coal Miner.
30 May 1915
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599732 - CWGC Website
PO/114(s)
113 New Gladstone Street, Mansfiled
Private
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Enlisted, with his younger brother, Samuel, at the onset of the war. On 16/09/1914 they transferred to the RMLI, embarking for Gallipoli on 17/11/1914. They landed on 28/02/1915 and was killed, gunshot wound to the head, on 30/05/1915. Samuel died less than 3 weeks later of typhoid fever.
Mansfield Chronicle Advertiser. 08/07/1915: Photograph printed. Also letters from Mrs Squires to the boy's mother. Tom and Sam were billeted with Mrs Squire when they were doing their training. 'Please do not grieve too much over the loss of your dear boys, Sam and Tom. Tom did a glorious work before he was called away. With another old soldier, he climbed to the top of a precipice and hauled men up. Frank, his chum, said would have had the Victoria Cross if he had been spared. You must not forget they both died doing their duty. Tell Winnie and Tom's wife, not to grieve, for they are gone to a better land. Try and bear up under your heavy burden.' Cudworth was one of 'Kitchener's Marines' who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters to the RMLI. Des Turner notes '600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters 200 who were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1 to CH/200(S).'
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  • The commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Thomas William Cudworth at Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Capes Helles, Gallipoli is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Thomas William Cudworth - The commonwealth wargrave commission headstone marking the grave of Thomas William Cudworth at Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Capes Helles, Gallipoli is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918