Private 26883 Thomas Richardson

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Died France & Flanders on Tuesday, 26th September 1916, age 33.
Buried in Grave I. C. 7. at Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, Somme, France.

12th Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Pioneer Battalion of 4th Army.

Son of the late Thomas and Sarah A. Richardson, of Hill Top, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Coventry, 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/534640/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Thomas Richardson registered March quarter 1883 in Dudley.

1881 Census
1 Holland Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Richardson (31, Labourer in Ironworks, born Crewe), his wife Sarah Ann (30, born Madeley, Shropshire), and their children: Eliza A. (7, born West Bromwich), James Edward (4, born West Bromwich), George H. (1, born West Bromwich), and Mary A. (1, born West Bromwich). This was just before Thomas was born in 1883, so it is distinctly possible he was born in Holland Street, as he is recorded as born Tipton.

1891 Census
45 Pudding Bag Street, Hill Top, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Thomas Richardson (41, Ironworks Puddler, born Crewe), his wife Sarah Ann (40, born Dawley), and their children: Eliza Ann (17, born West Bromwich), James E. (13, born West Bromwich), George H. (11, born West Bromwich), Mary Ann (10, born Tipton), Thomas (8, born Tipton), Alice Maud (6, born Tipton), and Florence Ann (3, born Tipton).

1901 Census
54 New Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Sarah A. Richardson (50, Widow, born Shropshire), and her 5 children: Eliza A. (27, born West Bromwich), James E. (23, born West Bromwich), Thomas (18, an Underhand Roller, born Tipton), Alice (16, born West Bromwich) and Ann (11, born West Bromwich).

1911 Census
10 Oldfield Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Boarding in the house of William Williams (34, Iron Worker, born West Bromwich) was: Tom Richardson (28, Iron Worker, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 12th (Labour) Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry was not allocated to an infantry division, but were 'Army Troop's to Fourth Army. This meant that they could be allocated to labour tasks at Army level, and hence in any number of locations.

Thomas is recorded as having 'Died' rather than 'Died of Wounds', so it is probable that he died from illness or due to an accident. He is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery on the Somme. His grave is one row behind that of Raymond Asquith, the son of the Herbert Asquith, the Prime Minister at that time.

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