Private 40154 Thomas Groom

Killed in Action on Tuesday, 31st July 1917, age 25.
Commemorated on Panel 55 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

1st Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment. 72nd Brigade of 24th Division.
Formerly 36328 South Staffordshire Regiment.

Brother of Mrs Elizabeth Richards, of 34, Back of Ash St., Daisy Bank, Bilston, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Bilston, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton 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/908093/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
32 Queens Road, Tipton, Staffs.
William Groom (42, Coal Miner, born West Bromwich), his wife Mary J. (39, born Bradley), and 5 of her 6 surviving children of 8: Elizabeth (10, born Tipton), Thomas (8, born Tipton), Harriet (7, born Tipton), William (4, born Tipton), and David (2, born Tipton).

1911 Census
25 Ash Street, Daisy Bank, Bilston, Staffs.
Mary Jane Groom (42, Widow, born Sedgley), and 5 of her 6 surviving children of 8: Elizabeth (19, Bedstead Painter, born Tipton), Thomas (17, Labourer at Galvanising Works, born Tipton), William (14, Bootmaker's Errand Boy, born Tipton), David (11, School, born Tipton), and Harold (9, School, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

72nd Brigade of 24th Division. 31st July were involved in Battle of Pilkem Ridge at the commecement of the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

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