Project Description

THOMAS SYDNEY WATERS 1885–1951

norfolk

Born 9th January 1885 in Crimplesham, Norfolk

Baptised 15th March 1885  Crimplesham Parish Church

Married Eliza Annie East in 1916 in Bingham district

Died 28 June 1951 in Nottingham age 66

1891 Census

Age 6, a scholar living with father Isaac 42, an agricultural labourer, mother Mary, brothers Robert 9, William 1, Isaac 5 months, and sisters Violet 8, and Hannah 4.  They were living in Crimplesham, Norfolk.

1901 Census

Age 16 employed as an agricultural labourer. Living with father Isaac, mother Mary, brothers William 11, Harry 10, James 8 and sisters Hannah 14 and Florence 6.  They were living at Dewars Field Barn in Little Massingham, Norfolk.

Military Service before 1914

Rank: Private

Service Number: 6790

Military Unit: 1st Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment

Enlisted 5 January 1904 in The Norfolk Regiment

Height 5ft 7ins, weight 115lbs, after 6 months service 134lbs. Girth: 34½ ins, rate of expansion 2½ ins, complexion ruddy, eyes brown, hair dark brown

Religion: Church of England

Enlisted for three years army service with 9 years reserve service.

5.1.04–17.10.05: Home, mobilised at Norwich

21.7.05: Extended his army service to complete 8 years with the colours.

25.8.05: In guard room awaiting trial. Tried by Regimental Court Martial at Colchester for transmitting a civil offence: this is to say altering counterfeit coin.  Found guilty and sentenced to 78 days imprisonment.

Sentence  confirmed by Lt Col Wintour – Norfolk Regiment.

28.9.05: Returned to duty

12.10.1905–3.10.1908: S Africa

4.10.08–30.11.10: Gibraltar

11.12.10–13.08.14: Home

1.9.11: Transferred on conversion under War Office Letter 1.9.1911 to Army Reserve Section B

Military service from August 4th, 1914

Rank: Private

Service Number: 6790 (Norfolk), 317329 (Labour Corps)

Military Unit: 1st Bn, The Norfolk Regiment, 15th Brigade, 5th Division, transferred to 579 Home Service Employment Company, Labour Corps

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 16.8.14

5.8.14             Posted 1st Battalion

14.8.14          France

Wounded

19.09.14: Gun shot wound to  back

23.09.14: Home, admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth

29.12.14: Posted 3rd (Reserve) Battalion

4.10.15: Re-entered France, posted 7th Battalion, remained until 29.01.17

19.10.15: Contusion abdomen; admitted to No. 3 Stationary Hospital in Rouen

30.01.17: Home

30.6.17: Transferred to 579 Home Service Eng. Company, Labour Corps

11.1.18: Transferred to Agricultural Company

Home address: 16 Station Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent

31.3.20: Discharged. Total Service: 16 years 87 days

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star, British War and Victory

Military Personnel address on 1918 Electoral Register

16 Station Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Address: 4 Etheldene Cottages, Cropwell Bishop, Notts.

Occupation: Notts. County Council Heavy duty labourer, army disability pensioner

Household: living with Eliza Waters, born 1878

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.