Project Description

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 Bingham District

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: Lance Corporal

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.

4.11.14: To British Expeditionary Force, France

26.12.14: Frost bite, foot

28.12.14: Transferred to sick convoy, hospital ship Asturias

22.5.15: Wounded during Battle of Aubers and invalided to Manchester Hospital

Nov 1917: Wounded in the arm. Invalided to St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Rank now Lance Corporal

31.12.17: Discharged due to wounds

14.5.18: Discharged from St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Total war service abroad, 3 years 1 month

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 left upper arm with compound fracture of the humerus. 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 and 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.