Project Description

THOMAS HENRY BIRKBY 1893–1917

RGA

Brother of John

Born May 1893 in Bingham

Baptised 7th June 1893 at St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham. Father Thomas, mother Ruth Ellen.

Killed in action 26th November 1917, age 24

Buried in Roclincourt Military Cemetery, France, Plot III. E23

Remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

1901 Census

Age 7 living with his mother Ruth (Ellen) 44 a charwoman, brother John 4 and a boarder William Cooting from Heckington, Lincs. They lived on Long Acre, Bingham.

1911 Census

Birkby family now living in Bolton Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent, still with William Cooling. Ruth described as his housekeeper. Both sons described as boarders. John was working as a butcher’s errand boy, brother Thomas as a bricklayer’s labourer (possibly for William Cooling who was a bricklayer).

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 63959

Military Unit: C Battery, Royal Field Artillery, 95th Brigade, 21st Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne 30 December 1914

Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Age on enlistment: 21 years 3 months

Occupation: bricklayer

Height 5ft 8⅜ ins, girth 34 ins, range of expansion 3 ins. Distinguishing marks: mole on left cheek, scar of burn on left elbow.

Posted 14th January 1915, 20th May 1916 and 30th August 1916. Documents burnt, no other information legible

Buried at village of Roclincourt, just north of Arras. Next of kin: Ellen Birkby, mother, Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Medals Awarded: No details available. entitled to British War and Victory

Go to WWI Timeline to see how this man’s death is part of the wider story of the war.

From the War diary of the 95th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, November 1917:

ROCLINCOURT

22nd   B/95 passed under command of 170 Bde RFA. HQ  H1 d.3.1   Remaining three batteries covered Right Inf. Bde RFA. A  B26 d.8.6   

24th  SOS fired 4.35 pm.  Ceased firing 4.38 pm (2 secs) Small party of the enemy approached our lines but withdrew. C  H5 a.1.9      (1 sec) C H9 b.5.1    

26th   10 am  B. Gen. R.A. Wellesby CRA XIII Corps and CRA 21st  Division visited Battery positions.D H2 b.3.3    

27th   Telegrams despatched to UK recalling all ranks from leave on 30th inst.

(2 hours) B 29 a.0.0    

 29th   Bde withdrew from action to Wagon Lines. (3 hours)

(GAVRELLE)  

30th 12 Noon Bde received orders to be ready to march at a moment’s notice

6.15 pm  Bde marched to BOISEAUX AU MONT.

Lt Col J N Sinclair assumed command of Bde.

View the above extract in the original War Diary

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

Thomas Henry Birkby 3
Roclincourt Military Cemetery, France