Born: 13th March 1880, Hampstead, Middlesex.

Baptism: 6th June 1880, at St. Saviour, Hampstead, Middlesex; parents: Sarah & Richard Lilley – Gardener. Address: 1, Lower Lawn Road, Hampstead.

Died: 20th October 1914; age 34; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: Carpenter.

Enlistment Details: Location: Hampstead; Date: 22nd April 1912.

Date of Entry Therein: 5th October 1914.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 5529

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, ‘F’ Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 5 & 9.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sarah Lilley of St. John Mission Hall, Hampstead, London; husband of Charlotte May Goffin (formerly Lilley), of ‘Ruffiji’ Broughton Street, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia.




1881   1, Lower Lawn Road, St. John’s, Hampstead, Middlesex.


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

Richard Lilley, 37, a Gardener, born Great Baddock, Essex.

Sarah Ethel Lilley (nee Tingey), 31, born Belmondsey, Middlesex.

Ellen Elizabeth Lilley, born Hampstead.

Mary Ann Lilley, 3, born Hampstead.


1891   22, Wells Buildings, St. John’s, Hampstead,Middlesex.


Thomas was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Richard, 46, a gardener.

Sarah, 41.

Ethel Lilley, 8, born Hampstead.

William Lilley, 2, born Hampstead.


Thomas’s father, Richard Lilley died 1894, Hampstead, Middlesex.


In 1911, Thomas’s wife and young son lived with her parents, stepbrother and sister at the Bullard family home – 2 & 4, Permit Office Street, Ipswich.

John Bullard, 70, an Old Age Pensioner, born Halesworth, Suffolk.

Susannah Bullard (nee Sheppard), 55, born Ipswich.

Albert James Bullard, 49, a Foundry Labourer, born Ipswich.

Susannah Hepzibah Bullard, 18, Help at Home, born Ipswich.

grandson – George Herbert, 5, born Ipswich.

May Lilley, 28, a Corset Maker.

Thomas Lilley, 2.

6 boarders.


In 1908, in Ipswich, Thomas married Charlotte May Bullard, a corset maker, born April 1882, Ipswich – daughter of John Bullard, an engine fitter at an iron foundry, and Susannah Bullard (nee Sheppard), of 2 & 4, Permit Office Street, Ipswich.

They had 3 children:

Thomas William John Lilley, born February 1909, Ipswich.

Dorothy S.M. Lilley, born 1913, Ipswich – died 1914, Ipswich.

Ena Maud Lilley, born March 1914, Ipswich.



A family note from Andrew: Ethel (nee Lilley), a dresser for the theatre in Hampstead, married my grandfather Arthur Bowles of Hampstead. Ethel had a sister who lived in Kilburn, North London, which, due to the Irish Population, was referred to jokingly as ‘County Kilburn,’ so was famous for its pub life.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charlotte May Goffin – widow.


Thomas is also remembered on the  Orwell Works Memorial, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich. Now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


On Christmas Day, 1918, at St. Margaret’s Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk, 36 year old, widow, Charlotte May Lilley, of 2, Permit Office Street, Ipswich, married 39 year old, James Robert Goffin, a Private for the Australian Medical Corps, born Ravensmere, Beccles, Suffolk – son of James Goffin and Maria Goffin (nee Legood), of Raylan Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Royal Horse Artillery, ‘F’ Battery:


  • I am the great nephew of Thomas lilley, and my grandmother Ethel Bowles,nee Lilley was my grandmother.

  • I am the great niece of Thomas Lilley and cousin of Andrew Cluer above. My Grandmother was Ethel Bowles née Lilley. I live in Australia


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