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RGAKnown as Tom

Born: 13th July 1889 in Forty Foot Bridge, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire. His name is recorded as Tom Chapman on the birth register, mother Emily Chapman.

Married: Mary Jackson, born 16th October 1896

Children: Margaret E. born 26th August 1918 in Birkenhead, Jean D. born 5th October 1919, Mary A. born 11th November 1920 in Nottingham, Alexander Frank born January quarter 1924 in Bingham district and Alexena E. born January quarter 1930 in Bingham district.

Died: 31st January 1949 in Nottingham district

Emily Kate Chapman married Frank Stratton at Ramsey Church in 1890. The banns were read in Benwick Church on 2nd November 1890.

1891 Census

Tom Chapman was living at the George Inn, High Street, Benwick, Cambridgeshire with step-father Frank Stratton, 26, butcher and publican, mother Emily, 23, and domestic servant Sarah Jane Allen, 18.

Unable to find him in 1901 and 1911 under the name Chapman or Stratton.

In 1911 Tom’s mother and stepfather were living at 81 Salisbury Street, Radford, Nottingham with Ernest Stratton, 20, skate attendant at skating rink. Frank was a hotel waiter.

Although some census information is missing, by the time Tom commenced work at the Notts. County Asylum at Saxondale, Radcliffe on Trent, he was known as Thomas Stratton.

Military Service

Thomas Stratton was an attendant at Notts. County Asylum who served during the war. His military unit listed in hospital records was the Royal Field Artillery. It is probable that he was Thomas Stratton, Acting Sergeant 146590, Royal Garrison Artillery, formerly Gunner 47957, 117 Battery, 26 Brigade, RFA (WW1 Service Medal and Award rolls). There is one other Thomas Stratton listed in the RFA Medal Rolls records but he was Thomas F Stratton. There are no surviving service or pension records. The following information is from the WW1 Service Medal and Award rolls and the Medal Rolls Index cards:

Rank: Acting Sergeant, previously Gunner

Service Number: 146590, formerly 47957

Military Unit: Royal Garrison Artillery, formerly 117 Battery, 26 Brigade, RFA

Theatre of War: Unconfirmed

1.10.14: Wounded: Listed as being at 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge

14.2.16 Transferred from Royal Field Artillery to Royal Garrison Artillery

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star, British War and Victory. Qualifying date for 1914 Star: 16.8.14

The Notts. County Asylum annual reports for 1916 record that he was wounded.

The 1919-1924 Minutes for Notts. County Asylum report that he was a staff male nurse who returned to duty at the hospital on 7th October 1919. His wages were 48/- a week plus a war bonus of 12/- and staff money of 4/- giving him a weekly payment of £3/4s.

1918 and 1919 Electoral Rolls

Listed as a naval/military voter living at 81 Salisbury Street, Radford, Nottingham with Frank and Emily. Emily died later in 1919.

1920 Electoral Roll

Living at 81 Salisbury Street, Radford with Frank Stratton who died later in 1920.

From the 1939 Register

Occupation: Mental nurse

Address: Notts. County Mental Hospital

Household: Tom was living with his wife Mary, unpaid domestic duties, Margaret, shop assistant, Jean, dress cutter, Mary, stock room keeper and two other people whose records are officially closed (probably his two younger children).

Other Information

At the date of his daughter Margaret’s marriage in August 1940 Tom and family were living at Top Lodge, Hospital Drive, Radcliffe-on-Trent (Nottingham Journal).

Tom was living in Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire at the date of his death in January 1949. His widow Mary married Harold Shelton in October quarter 1950 in Bingham district.

Reason for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent at the Asylum before and after the war.



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