Born: 31st December 1869, Ipswich.

Died: 1st January 1915; age 46; KiA at sea – English Channel with submarine.

Baptised: 3rd February 1889,at Walmer, Kent. Parents: Jonathan & Jane Croxson.

Enlistment: Location: Chatham. Entered the Royal Navy – 31st July 1888. Signed up for 12 years – 17th November 1898. Height: 5ft 7 1/2ins, fresh complexion, hazel eys & brown hair. Tattoo of cross and EB, anchor & dots on left arm. A ring on middle finger of left hand. A dot on left leg, and an anchor on the back of left wrist.



Pembroke – Probation – Ship’s Corporal 2nd Class – 17th November 1898 – 16th January 1899

Theseus – Probation – Ship’s Corporal 2nd Class – 17th January 1899

Theseus – Ship’s Corporal 2nd Class – 29th June 1899 – 28th May 1902

Pembroke I – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 29th May 1902 – 5th November 1902

Britannia – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 6th November 1902 – 22nd May 1905

Durham – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 23rd May 1905 – 23rd August 1905

Roxburgh – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 24th August 1905 – 2nd September 1907

Pembroke I – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 3rd September 1907 – 30th July 1910 – shore.

Sutley – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 14th July 1914 – 25th July 1914 – shore.

Pembroke – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 2nd August 1914 – 5th November 1914

Formidable – Ship’s Corporal 1st Class – 6th November 1914 – 1st January 1915.


Rank: Ship’s Corporal 1st Class; Service Number: 350161.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Formidable’.


Medals Awarded: Long Service & Good Conduct medals – 27th November 1903.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Jonathan & Jane Croxson, of Ipswich; husband of the late Mary Ann Croxson; father to Ethel M. Croxson, of 29, Surrey Road, Ipswich.




1871   Britannia Road, Ipswich.


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

Jonathan Croxson, 28, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Falkenham, Suffolk.

Jane Croxson (nee Spurgeon), 30, a Laundress, born Dickleburgh, Norfolk.

Amelia Alice Croxson, 7, born Dickleburgh.

Arthur Edward Croxson, 4, born Ipswich.

Emily Spurgeon, 23, a Machinist, born Dickleburgh.


1881   Poplar Cottage, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.


Thomas was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Jonathan, 38, a Builder’s Labourer.

Jane, 40.

Arthur, 15, a Carrier.

George Frederick Croxson, 10, born Ipswich.

Ernest John Croxson, 6, born Ipswich.

William Peter Croxson, 4, born Ipswich.

Maud Mary Croxson, 1, born Ipswich.


In 1901 Thomas’s wife & daughter were living at 26, Elliott Street, Ipswich. The home of Mary Ann’s parents & siblings.

John Hindle, 60, a Shoe Maker, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Harriet Hindle, 58, a Charwomen, born Norwich.

Frederick Hindle, 21, a Boilermaker’s Striker, born Ipswich.

Harriet Hindle, 19, a Staymaker’s Machinist, born Ipswich.

Ethel Hindle, 17, a Staymaker’s Machinist, born Ipswich.

Kate Hindle, a Staymaker’s Machinist, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Croxson, 28, Living on own Means.

Ethel Croxson, 3.


In 1911, Thomas’s daughter was a Pupil at a school for Daughter’s of Gentlemen – Somerville House, 5-6, Cumberland Garden’s, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. School Principal – Louisa Cupper.


Ethel was 13 years old, she was 1 of 16 girls.


On the 26th October 1896, St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, Thomas married Mary Ann Hindle, of 156, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, born 1872, Ipswich – died 1908, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter:

Ethel May Croxson, born 1898, Barking, Essex.


H.M.S. ‘Formidable’

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