Born: 1900, Ramsgate, Kent.

Died on or since death presumed: 27th May 1918; age 18; KiA.

Residence: 18, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 45740

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Soissons Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Norah Lay, of 47, All Saints Road, Ipswich.




1901   Chelsea Villa, Dundonald Road, Ramsgate, Kent.


Thomas was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Hastings Lay, 35, a Tailor’s Cutter, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Norah Lay (nee Baylis), 36, born Colwell, Hertfordshire.

Ada Dorothy Lay, 8, born Brighton, Sussex.

Norah Alice Lay, 5, born Brighton.

Percy Hastings Lay, 3, born 233, Ivydale Road, Nunhead, Southwark.


Thomas’s father, 40 year old, John Hastings Lay, of 95, Belle Vue Road, Ipswich died on the morning of Friday, 8th June 1906, when he was struck by a train travelling from Derby Road towards Orwell Station. Mr. Walter Brown, a platelayer, of 81, Kemball Road, Ipswich, made the gruesome discovery whilst walking along the Felixstowe line about nine yards from the Nacton occupation crossing. The body was lying on the outside of the rails. An equiry was held the following day at the Shepherd & Dog, where the Coroner after hearing all the evidence made the verdict of “Suicide whilst of unsound mind,” he leaves a widow with a family of six children.


Soldiers’ Effects to Norah Lay – mother.


Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.


 The Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion:


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