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New Lenton Nottingham
He was the eldest son of Harry James John Brett and Julia Wilson. By the time of the 1911 Census Harry and Julia had been married for 27 years and had had ten children born alive of whom only six were still living. Eight children were recorded on the three census between 1891 and 1911: Clara, Tom (Thomas), Edith, Harry J, Albert, Bertie, Violet and Claude. Harry and Julia lost their eldest and youngest sons in 1914 and 1919 respectively. Harry did not name any of his three daughters on the Army form recording Thomas' living relatives (c1920) and it is likely that at least two of the girls had died by the time of the 1911 census. None of the girls were recorded at home on the 1911 census: Edith, the second daughter, was not named after 1891 and as Clara, their eldest child, was old enough to have married and left home by 1911 it is probable that Violet, the third and youngest daughter, died sometime after 1901 leaving Clara as the only surviving daughter by 1911. In 1891 Harry, a coachman, and Julia were living at 24 Commercial Street, Lenton, with their four children: Clara (6), Tom (4), Edith (2) and Harry J (1). Ten years later they were living in the ecclesiastical parish of Holy Trinity, Nottingham; Harry was now described as a stableman. There were six children in the house on the night of the 1901 census: Clara M (17), Tom (15), Harry (11), Albert (6), Bertie (4) and Violet (1). When Thomas enlisted in 1904 the family home was at 7 Park Peace, Maxwell Street, Lenton, Nottingham. However, in 1911 they were living at 143 Annesley Street, Meadows, Nottingham, and only three children were in the home; Albert (16) who was a miner, Bertie (13) and Claude (no age given). Thomas' mother, Julia, died aged 55 in 1915 (death registered Jan/Feb/Mar). Thomas' father was his son's sole legatee and when the army returned Thomas' few personal effects (four letters) to Harry Wilson in March 1915 they were sent to 14 Nelson Terrace, Hutchinson Street, Nottingham, the address given in the notice of Thomas' death the previous November. However, in March 1920 the commemorative plaque and scroll were sent to Harry at 3 Victoria Terrace, Hartley Road, Radford. In early 1920, when Harry completed a form for the Army giving details of Thomas' living relatives, he listed himself and Thomas' four brothers: Harry Wilson, Grenadier Guards, St Alban's Terrace, Sherwood Street, Nottingham; Private Albert Wilson, King's Royal Rifle Corps, Garden Street, Radford, Nottingham; Private Bert Wilson, King's Royal Rifle Corps, 'in India', and 89409 Claude Wilson, Notts and Derbys Regiment, 'accidentally killed December 26th 1919, Boxing Day, Alexandria, Egypt.' Claude was buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery.
He was a groom before he enlisted in May 1904.
20 Sep 1914
724677 - CWGC Website
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted 25 May 1904 at the age of 18 years 11 months. He served at home from 1904 until January 1907 and then served in Singapore until 8 September 1914. He had two brief periods in hospital for minor conditions while serving overseas (May/June 1906). He was on home service briefly before going to France and was killed in action within days of reaching the front. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial. He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 11 November 1914: ‘Private T Wilson, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, 14 Nelson Terrace, Hutchinson Street, Nottingham, killed in action September 20th.'
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