Born April 1894 in Church Stretton, Shropshire

Baptised on 27 May 1894 at Cardington Parish Church, Shropshire.

Died of illness 10th April 1917, age 23 years

Buried Bingham Cemetery, Notts. grave ref 582

Commemorated on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial, Notts County Asylum Memorial and Bingham War Memorial

1901 Census

Age six, living on Stoke Road, Blisworth, Northamptonshire with father Thomas James, a gamekeeper age thirty-four, mother Phyllis, thirty-one, brother Harry, five and sister Phyllis, two.

1911 Census

Age sixteen employed as a farm servant, living with father Thomas James, a gamekeeper, mother Phyllis, brother Harry, farm servant, and sister Phyllis, at school. They lived on Fosse Road, Bingham.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 55150

Military Unit: 22nd Company, Royal Garrison Artillery

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 3.8.15. Total war service abroad approx. 9 months.

Enlisted in Nottingham under the name of Baggins: 24 November 1914, age 21 years 7 months

Address on enlistment: Notts. County Asylum, Saxondale

Occupation: asylum attendant

Height 5ft 8¼ins, weight 137lbs, girth 37ins, range of expansion 3inches. Distinguishing marks: scar between eyebrows.

Son of Thomas James Buggins a gamekeeper, Buggins Cottage, Fosse Road, Bingham

30.11.14: Joined at Newhaven

Posted 1 Jan 1915 and again 27 Feb 1915

03.08.15: Embarked Southampton; disembarked Boulogne 04.08.15

10.12.15: To H.D. Casualty Clearing Station. D.A.H. (Disordered Action of the Heart)

13.12.15:  To Ambulance Transport (cardiac)

21.12.15: To England


Medical History admitted to Western General Hospital, Manchester 22 December 1915

21.3.16: Discharged from hospital. Spent 91 days in hospital suffering from cardiac strain and Bronchitis plus found to have TB bacilli.

15.3.16: found this man unfit for further military service, signed by secretary and registrar at Manchester hospital

16.4.16: Discharged at Gosport as having been found no longer physically fit for war service. Military character very good, sober and reliable


23.08.16:  Report of Medical Board: ‘Prevents totally (full pension) for one month in order to continue a visit to the Gloucestershire hills from which he has derived great benefit. TB present.’ Awarded a pension of 25 shillings per week.

25.02.17:  Report of Medical Board: ‘Prevents Total. TB not found 15.2.17. Earnings nil.’ Pension of 25 shillings per week to 16.4.17.

Died 10 April 1917 from pulmonary tuberculosis.

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

Other information

He is listed in the records of Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale) as a temporary attendant who served in the Armed Forces.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent at Notts. County Asylum. Name is on the Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial.

Thomas Alfred Buggins
Bingham cemetery, Notts.