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 & sisres.

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 were living with her parents at the Bullard family home – 2/4, Permit OIffice 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, Ipswich, Thomas married Charlotte May Bullard, born 1876, 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 April 1914, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charlotte May Goffin – widow.


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


Royal Horse Artillery, ‘F’ Battery:

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