THOMAS JAMES WILTSHIRE

 

 

Born: 1893, Hook, Chessington, Surrey.

Baptised: 6th May 1895, St. Paul, Hook, Chessington, Surrey – mother – Eliza Wiltshire.

Died: 20th July 1916; age 23; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 21274

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

XIV.C.28.

Caterpillar Valley Cemetery,

Longueval,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs E. Marshall, of 55, Moffat Road, Lower Tooting, London.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Frating Street, Frating, Essex.

 

Thomas was 7 years old and living with his mother, step father & step sisters. He was recorded on the census under the surname Marshall.

Francis William Marshall, 29, a Steam Roller Lorry Driver – E.C.C., born Battersea, Surrey.

Eliza Marshall (nee Wiltshire), 28, born Ewell, Surrey.

Mabel Senetta Marshall, 3, born Dovercourt, Essex.

Lily Marshall, 2 weeks, born Frating, Essex.

1 monthly nurse.

 

1911   21, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.

 

Thomas was 18 years old, a Steam Roller Labourer – with father. He was living with his mother, step father, & step siblings. He was recorded on the census under the surname Marshall.

Frank, 39, a Steam Roller Driver – Contractor.

Eliza, 39.

Mabel, 13.

Lily, 11.

May Marshall, 5, born Ipswich.

Cyril Leonard Marshall, 2, born Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza Marshall – mother.

Day 19 of the Somme offensive

2nd Battalion The Suffolk’s regimental records show: On the afternoon the Germans counter-attacked, forcing their way with fine courage but at great cost into Delville Wood and northern end of Longueval, which troops of the third division had just cleared. In consequence, two companies were sent up to Longueval ridge to support the attack of the 1st Gordon Highlanders on Longueval,  the remainder of the Battalion moving from the wood into Caterpiller Valley itself, where they were persistently shelled.

Early on the 19th Captain and adjutant Trollope and Lt. Pickard-Cambridge were wounded, 2nd Lt  Russell taking over the duties of adjutant. Throughout the time of stress captain Marshall R.A.M.C medical officer to the battalion always proved himself equal to the occasion, being subsequently awarded the D.S.O in recognition of his splendid service. On the 20th the battalion assembled for the renewed attack on Longueval and Delville Wood. The casualties were to be high.

 

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