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THOMAS FLOWER 1894–1936

Tom Flower

Second cousin to Flower brothers

Born October 1894 in Radcliffe on Trent

Married 1920 to Agnes Day in Huntingdonshire

Child: John Thomas, born 1921

Died 14th December 1936 aged 41

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Date of Admission: 30 August 1897, admission no 1394, birthday October 1894, address: Knights Hill

1901 Census

Age 6 living with father Thomas, 38, a carpenter’s labourer on the railway and mother Elizabeth (née Bell) 38, both born in Radcliffe, step sister Rosa Bell, 14, an errand girl, sisters Jane 10, Elizabeth 8 and Emily 3. They lived on Ogles Yard, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Age 16 living with father Tom 48, a carpenter’s labourer and his mother Elizabeth 48, sisters Mary Jane, 20, a cook/domestic, Elizabeth, 18, a packer in a flour works, Emily 13, Elsie 1 and a brother Frank, 7, at school. They lived on Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent in a 6 roomed house. He is employed as a garden boy/domestic

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 11787

Military Unit: 1st Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 24th Brigade, 8th Division, later 9th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 4th November 1914. Total war service abroad, 3 years 1 month

He enlisted 3rd February 1912; he would have been a regular soldier as the disembarkation date is the same as that given for the arrival of the 1st Battalion in France, travelling from where they were stationed in India. Sherwood Foresters archive confirms served overseas.

26.12.14: Frost bite, foot

28.12.14: Transferred to sick convoy, hospital ship Asturias

Was wounded on 22 May 1915 during the Battle of Aubers and invalided back to England where he spent time at The Manchester Hospital and was then sent to recover at home in Radcliffe. He returned to serve with the 9th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters at an unconfirmed date.

In November 1917 he was wounded in the arm. He is recorded as a Lance Corporal in family letters but noted as ‘private’ on Medal Card. He was discharged 31st December 1917 as a result of his wounds. He was finally discharged from St Bartholemews Hospital, London on 14 May 1918.

Pension Record Card

He was discharged 31st December 1917 and was assessed at 50% disability due to compound fracture of humerus, gunshot wound to the upper arm. On 19th May 1920 he was awarded a permanent pension of 20/-.

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star with Clasp and Roses, British War and Victory, Silver War Badge Number 302997

Letters

Back in 1953 a house purchase in Radcliffe-on-Trent brought with it a charming set of slim wooden drawers, made for the storage of sheet music. For many years thereafter these drawers did service as a sewing box, and discovered in the bottom of one of them was a small collection of documents, letters, and family photographs dating from the First World War.

To read them see: http://www.ournottinghamshire.org.uk/page/tom_flower

Other information

He died in February 1936 as a result of a motorcycle accident near Owthorpe, Notts. He was a postman. Agnes died in 1983 aged 87. Their son John Thomas fought in the second world war in the RAF (Coastal Command) and was reported missing but later confirmed dead. He died on 24 March 1945, age 23.

Will. Thomas Flower of The Harlequin, Radcliffe died 20 February 1936, administration Nottingham to Agnes Flower, widow. Effects £471.0.0d.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.