Private 3/19671 Thomas Flukes

Died Home on Thursday, 31st May 1917, age 31.
Buried in Grave "C". 33. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

3rd Bn., South Wales Borderers.

Husband of Mrs Ellen Flukes,of 6 Albion Place, New Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Great Bridge, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: does not have a CWGC grave.

Genealogical Data

Birth of Thomas Flukes registered March 1886 in Dudley.

1891 Census
1 Court 1 House, Eagle Passage, Tipton, Staffs.
Sarah Flukes (30, Head, born Bilston), and her 4 children: William T. (13, born Bilston), Albert Henry (11, Scholar, born Bilston), Thomas (5, Scholar, born Great Bridge), John (9 months, born Great Bridge).

(Husband Thomas Flukes, 34, Furnaceman living at 34 Swan Village as Lodger??)

1901 Census
1 Court 1 House, Eagle Passage, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Ingram (30, Forge Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Sarah (40, born Bilston), Sarah's 4 children: William Flukes (23, Coal Miner - Loader, born Bilston), Frank Flukes (18, Iron Mill Labourer, born West Bromwich), Thomas Flukes (15, Iron Tube Screwer, born Tipton), John Flukes (10, born Tipton); and Thomas and Sarah's 2 children: Sarah J. Ingram (8, born Tipton), and Lily Ingram (6, born Tipton).

1911 Census
13 Eagle Square, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Ingram (39, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Sarah (50, born Bilston), and Sarah's 2 surviving children of 6: Thomas Flukes (25, Labourer at Tube Works, born Tipton), John Flukes (21, Labourer at Tube Works, born Tipton).

Marriage of Thomas Flukes and Ellen Barfoot registered March quarter 1912 in Dudley.
Birth of Thomas Flukes (Mother's maiden name Barfoot) registered December quarter 1912 in Dudley; Thomas jnr died 28th August 1915.

Death of Thomas Flukes (age 31) registered June quarter 1917 in Dudley.

Personal Data

As Thomas died after he was discharged he is not recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves. He was only found as his Pension Papers exist.

Thomas enlisted as Private 3/19671, 3rd Bn. South Wales Borderers, on 1st May 1915 in Wolverhampton. He was 5 feet 1½ inches tall with a 35-inch chest and a 2-inch expansion, weighed 115 pounds, apparently with good physical development. He was 29 years old, and employed as a Tube Worker. His live at 6 Albion Place, New Road, Tipton, and had married Ellen Barfoot on 12th January 1912. They had 2 children: Thomas born 4th November 1912 but died 28th August 1915, and Horace James born 28th August 1915.

On 25th September 1915, after a stay at Seaforth Hospital, near Liverpool, it was reported: "He has had chronic bronchitis for some years. There is also suspicion of Phstisis. There is every possibility that his stay in the Army will render his condition worse." Added later:- "T.B. found in sputum". On 10th November 1915 he was discharged as "not likely to become an efficient soldier."

Tipton Cemetery Records show that 18 months later, around the end of May 1917, Thomas died. He was 31 years old and lived at 13 Wellington Place, New Road, Tipton. He was buried in Tipton Cemetery on 3rd June 1917.

On 26th July 1917, the Pensions Department wrote "I am directed by the Minister of Pensions to inform you that the death of this man is regarded as due to disease contracted or commencing on active service. Mrs Flukes was therefore to receive a pension."

The marriage of Thomas's widow, Mrs Ellen Flukes, and James Frowen was registered December quarter 1918 in Dudley.

Action resulting in his death

Thomas never served abroad, and died at home 18 months after he had been discharged.

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