Photograph courtesy of Peter Turtill.


Born: 6th November 1890, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Died: 16th July 1918, age 27; Died of Pneumonia at Reserve Lazarett, a military hospital for PoW’s at Altona, near Hamburg, Germany.

Captured 23rd April 1917 at Arras, during the Western Campaign – being not wounded. PoW reference number: EM 200048.

Residence: 41, Duke Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. Cranfield Bros, Ipswich.

Enlistment Place: Ipswich.


Stationed: at Douai, France.


Rank: Private, Service Number: 200048

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Grave Reference:thomas-frederick-garrett


Hamburg Cemetery,



image from 1918 Chronicle newspaper

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward & Alice of Ipswich and husband of Alice May of 41, Duke Street, Ipswich.






1891   36, St. Margaret’s Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was 4 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward George Garrett, 27, a Blacksmith, born Ipswich.

Alice Garrett (nee Richards), 24, born Colchester, Essex.

Albert Edward Garrett, 4, born Ipswich.

Letitia Alice Emily Garrett, 2, born Ipswich.

Olive Gertrude Garrett, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   36, St. Margaret’s Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward, 37, a Chimney Sweep – own account.

Alice, 34.

Albert, 14.

Letitia, 12.

Olive, 11,

John William Henry Garrett, 8, born Ipswich.

Bertie Stanley Garrett, 5, born Ipswich.

Charles Chisnell Garrett, 3, Ipswich.

Sidney Arthur Garrett, 3, born Ipswich.

Stanley Arthur Garrett, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   67, St. Margaret’s Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was 20 years old, a Labourer for G.E.R. He was living with his parents, siblings, brother-in-law & nephew.

Edward, 47, a Chimney Sweep.

Alice, 44.

Olive, 21, a Sewing Machinist – Corset Factory.

Bertie, 15, a Grocer’s Errand Boy.

Charles, 14, a Baker’s Errand Boy.

Stanley 11.

Hilda May Garrett, 9, born Ipswich.

Frank Victor Garrett, 8, born Ipswich.

William Harold Garrett, 7, born Ipswich.

Leonard George Garrett, 1, born Ipswich.

Letitia Botwright, 22.

William Pratt Botwright, 22, a Carpenter, born Ipswich.

William Edward J. Botwright, 9 months, Ipswich.


In October 1911 Thomas married Alice May Hanks born 1892, Ipswich.

They had two children:

Olive Alice Garrett, born 1912, Ipswich.

Edward George Garrett, born 1914, Ipswich.


Thomas’s father Edward George Garrett died 1917, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Alice May Garrett – widow.

image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper

Mrs. Garrett, 23, Woodhouse Street, has had seven sons and two sons-in-laws serving with H.M.Forces :(1) Pte. A. Garrett killed in France October 18th, 1914, Rifle Brigade, eight years’ service. (2) Pte. F. Garrett, prisoner of war in Germany, Suffolks. (3) Pte. J. Garrett, died of wounds in France, September 1st, 1916, Suffolks, four years’ service. (4) Pte. B. Garrett, serving in France, three years’ service. (5) Pte. C. Garrett, killed in France, November 3rd, 1915, Suffolks. (6) Pte. S. Garrett, wounded June 7th, now in New Zealand Stationary Hospital, France, Royal Irish Rifles. (7) Pte. S. Garrett, stationed at Worksop, Suffolks. (8) P.O. W. Botwright, R.N.A.S. (9) Seaman F. Beer, who has served 15 years in the Navy.

Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse, Ipswich. Formerly Cranfield’s Flour Mill, Ipswich and at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich.

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Evening Star – 4th October 1909 – IPSWICH KIOSK ROBBED – BOYS BROUGHT TO BOOK


At the Ipswich Police Court, on Monday, 9th October, Thomas Garrett (17), of St. Margaret’s Street; Arthur Howgego (17), of Hervey Street; Bernard Death (13), of Borough Road; Thomas Smith (13), of St. Clement’s Church Lane and William Daniels (11), of Hayhill Road, were before Mr. J.H. Grimwade (chairman), and other Magistrates, jointly charged with having stolen a quantity of chocolate and sweets value 13s. from the kiosk in Christchurch Park. The defendants, all better dressed and more respectable-looking than most juvenile offenders seen in the Police Court, had either father or mother there to look after his interest.

It appeared from the evidence, that the kiosk is hired by Mr. Henry Ernest Wheeler (of 112, Cemetery Road), baker and confectioner, and that on Saturday afternoon, 25th September, the kiosk was broken into and a quantity of chocolate and other sweets stolen.

Detective-constable Wood said he received information on the Saturday afternoon that the kiosk had been broken into, and, on looking round the place, he found that an entry had been made by breaking a small pane of glass in the side door, and unlocking it from the inside. The middle door from the kitchen into the shop was opened in a similar manner and a quantity of chocolates and other sweets had been stolen. As a result of making inquires, he saw all the lads in turn on the following Monday. Detective-constable Wood said that one of the boys, who got some of the spoil, went into the park and threw the sweets about, and so “distributed ‘em wholesale.”

The older boys made long speeches to the Bench, on their own behalf, while Mr. Daniels warmly defended his son, declaring that all he did on the occasion in question was the result of an accident – that was to say, he broke one of the kiosk windows with a stone thrown at the adjoining beech tree – and that he had nothing to do with the actual robbery. Mrs. Daniels ( who was affected to tears) said that her boy had excellent school reports, and she was sure he wouldn’t steal.

Eventually, the Magistrates retired, and on their return into Court, the Chairman said: “Now, you boys, I need hardly say how very sorry the Bench are to see you here. All five of you are respectable boys, yet you are all brought here on the charge of stealing, and I expect you feel very much ashamed of yourselves. The Magistrates are going to deal very leniently with you, hoping that you have learned a lesson. We shall bind over the two older lads Arthur Howgego and Thomas Garrett) on their own surety to be of good behavior for twelve months; and each will have to pay 5s. costs; and, as to the three younger boys, we shall require the parents to be bound over for their good behavior, and also to pay 2s. 6d. costs towards repairing the damage that has been done.

Arthur Howgego was also killed during WW1.

A Family Note: From what I gathered from my grandmother, Olive, my great grandfather was very strict and did not tolerate bad behavior so I should think that Thomas was very much in his bad books!!..  Carol Anne Swain.

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  • Thank you again for sending this information about my great uncle Thomas Garrett. From what I gathered from my grandmother, Olive, my great grandfather was very strict and did not tolerate bad behaviour so I should think that Thomas was very much in his bad books!!
    Is it possible for you to pin it as an attachment so I can print it off. I think that is what you did before.
    Thank you once again.

  • Thank you again for sending this information about my great uncle ThomaS Garrett. From what I gathered from my grandmother, Olive, my great grandfather was very strict and did not tolerate bad behaviour so I think Thomas would have been very much in his bad books!!
    Is it possible for you to pin it as an attachment to your email so I can print it off. I think you did this before with the records of my great uncles.
    Thank you once again.
    Carol Swain

  • Thank you for all the research you have carried out. Thomas was my grandfather.


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