Born: 21st April 1888, Ipswich.
Died: 28th October 1917; age 29; KiA – Trenches South of Passchendaele.
Enlistment Details: Date: 22nd September 1914; Location: Valcantier, Quebec; Age: 22 years; Occupation: Musician; Religion: Wesleyan; Next of Kin: Mother – Mrs Rouse, 8, Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 6ins, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark hair. Tattoo – 2 flags & wreath, ‘Lucy’ ‘Annie’ on right forearm.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 10617
Regiment: Canadian Infantry, Alberta Regiment, 49th Battalion.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sarah Ann Rouse, of 8, Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich & the late J. Rouse.
1891 2, Gibbon’s Street, Ipswich.
Thomas was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
James Rouse, 45, a Carman – Parcel’s Delivery, born Trimley, Suffolk.
Sarah Ann Rouse, 45, a Laundress, born Rickinghall, Suffolk.
Amy Eliza Rouse, 18, a Staymaker – Dress, born Malta – British Subject.
William John Rouse, 13, a Tobacconist, born Natal, South Africa.
Ernest Rouse, 10, a Devonport, Devonshire.
Charles Percy Rouse, 8, born Taunton, Somerset.
1901 Duke of York’s Royal Military Asylum, Cheltenham Terrace, Chelsea, London.
Thomas was 12 years old, a School Boy boarding at the school for children of soldier’s.
1911 H.M.Prison, Grimwade Street, Ipswich.
Thomas was 22 years old Prisoner. Occupation – Hotel Porter.
On the 18th May 1911, 23 year old Thomas arrived at the port of Quebec, Canada. Travelling on the S.S. ‘Pretorian’ of the Allan Line departing from the port of London. He recorded his religion as Wesleyan – occupation as Hotel Porter and intended to live in Toronto to find employment in farming.