Private 17295 Thomas Addison

Addison Thomas 96 401x600

Killed in Action on Friday, 10th December 1915, age 26.
Buried in Grave I. C. 24. at Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Pas De Calais, France.

6th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. 60th Brigade of 20th Division.

Son of Thomas and Annie Addison, of Greets Green, West Bromwich; husband of Bertha Merrin (formerly Addison), of 30, Oxford St., Spondon, Derby.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Sponden, Derby.

First landed France & Flanders, 2nd September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Peter's, Greets Green Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/291502/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Thomas Addison registered June quarter 1889 at Dudley.

1891 Census
27a Walker Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Addison (24, Iron Worker, born Tipton), his wife Ann (24, born Tipton), and their son Thomas (2, born Tipton).

1901 & 1911 Census
Cannot find Thomas or his parents.

Wedding of Thomas Addison and Bertha Vipond registered September quarter 1912 at West Bromwich.

Personal Data

Thomas attested for the 11th Kings Royal Rifle Corps on 3rd September 1914 when he was 25 years of age and a Sheet Metal Worker. He was 5 feet 4¼ inches tall, weighed 112 pounds and had a 33½-inch chest, fresh complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. Significantly he had a hammer toe on his right foot. He was married to Bertha and living at 51 Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. On 4th September, he was with the Depot Battalion at Winchester, and on the 9th September allocated to the 11th Battalion.

Just 3 weeks later, on the 1st October 1914, he was discharged as medically unfit due to "callosities of feet which interfere seriously with duty" - the hammer toe mentioned on attestation. This rejection did not deter Thomas for joined the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, the papers for this period of his service did not survive.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings