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Mansfield Nottinghamshire
Thomas was the son of William Dove and his wife Annie Eliza nee Davidson. William Dove was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield in about 1861. Annie Eliza was born in Mansfield in about 1860 and in 1871 was living with her widowed grandmother, Ann Davidson (65), a seamstress, and her uncle, George (25), at 4 Dunn Yard, Mansfield. William and Annie were married in 1885 (O/N/D Mansfield) and had at least eight children who were all born in Mansfield: Florence A (Florrie) b. 1885 (O/N/D Mansfield), William b. 1886 (J/F/M Mansfield) bap. 4 April 1886 SS Peter & Paul Mansfield, Elizabeth b. 21 August 1889 (J/A/S Mansfield) bap. 30 October 1889 SS Peter & Paul, Thomas b. 1891 (J/F/M Mansfield) bap. 4 February 1891 SS Peter & Paul, John b. 1894 (J/A/S Mansfield) bap. 18 July 1894 SS Peter & Paul, Annie b. 1887 (O/N/D Mansfield) bap. 11 November 1897 SS Peter & Paul, Harry b. 1899 (J/F/M Mansfield) bap. 13 March 1899 SS Peter & Paul, and Helen (Nellie) b. 1901 (A/M/J Mansfield). Thomas' RN record gives his date of birth as 22 December 1891 although his birth was registered in the first quarter of 1891 and he was baptised in February of that year; he may therefore have been born on 22 December 1890. At the time of the eldest son William's baptism in 1886 the family was living in Dunn's Yard, Mansfield, and still living there at the time of the 1891 Census. William (29), a bricklayer, and Annie (30) had four children by 1891 but only Florence (6), William (5) and Thomas (under 1 year) were in the home on the night of the census; their second daughter, Elizabeth, who would have been about 2 years old, has not yet been traced on the census. Also in the household were William's brother Edward (25) and Annie's grandmother, Ann Davidson (86). John's baptismal record of 1894 shows the family was then living at 4 Brown Cow Yard, Mansfield, and they were still at the same address when Harry was baptised in 1899. However, by 1901 William and Annie had moved to 35 Gladstone Street, Mansfield. In the home on the night of the census were seven of their eight children: Florence (16) who was working in a cotton factory, William (14) a bricklayer, Elizabeth (11), Thomas (10), John (6), Annie (3) and Harry (2). Annie Eliza died in 1902 (A/M/J Mansfield) and her widowed husband had remarried by 1911. William had been married to his second wife for eight years at the time of the census and it is likely that he had married Harriet Bagley in 1903 (J/F/M Mansfield) - her first name on the 1911 census was written as 'Arret' (b. abt. 1861). He and Harriet had a son, Leonard, who was probably born in 1906 (J/A/S Mansfield); the mother's maiden name was given as 'Shottles' but no trace has been found of a Harriet Shottles in either birth or marriage records. The Dove family home was still at 35 Gladstone Street, Mansfield, in 1911 when five of William's children by his first marriage were still living at home: Thomas (20) a coal miner hewer, John (16) a bricklayer's labourer, Annie (13) a packer at a boot factory, and Harry (12) and Nellie (9) who were still at school. Leonard, his son by his second marriage, was four years old. William's brother, Harry, who was born in 1899, enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters (16046) on 9 September 1914 apparently giving his age as 19 and occupation as coal miner driver at Crown Farm Colliery, Mansfield. He served in France from 2 May 1917 but suffered a shrapnel wound to his thigh in October 1918 and was evacuated to England and admitted to Colchester Military Hospital on 18 October. He was discharged from hospital on 18 November 1918. Harry re-enlisted in in the Royal Fusliers (129271) on 16 April 1919 'for Russian Relief Force' although his army record suggests he remained on home service from 17 April until 11 December 1919 (239 days) when he was discharged to Class 'Z' Army Reserve. Harry was discharged to his father's home at 35 Gladstone Street.
Thomas was a coal miner hewer in 1911 but gave his occupation as labourer when he joined the Royal Navy later that year
31 May 1916
2876531 - CWGC Website
Leading Stoker
HMS Black Prince Royal Navy
Thomas joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker on a 12 year engagement on 16 September 1911. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: Victory II,16 September 1911-7 October 1911 (Stoker 2nd Class); HMS Renown, 8 October 1911-25 November 1911; Victory II, 26 November 1911-8 February 1912; HMS Essex, 9 February 1912-22 April 1912; HMS Black Prince, 23 April 1912-31 May 1916 (Stoker 1st Class 15 November 1912, Leading Stoker 1 April 1916). His service record was annotated, ‘NP4065.1916. DD [Discharged Dead] 31st May, 1916. Killed in action.’ Thomas's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. HMS Black Prince was sunk at the Battle of Jutland with the loss of all hands, about 857 men.
Thomas was one of nearly 20 Nottinghamshire men who served in HMS Black Prince at Jutland. The Bundeswehr Museum of Military History, Dresden: Painting, oil on canvas: ‘SMS Thueringen destroys the English cruiser Black Prince in a night battle at 2am on 1 June.’ Clause Bergen (1885-1964). Caption: 'Present given by the commander of Thueringen, Captain Hans Kuesel, to his nephew in 1921. Bergen established his reputation as a marine painter with depictions of the Battle of Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916). When the Imperial German Fleet returned home, he was in Wilhelmshaven and asked officers involved in the battle to give him detailed accounts of the events.'
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