Project Description

THOMAS WHEATLEY 1875–1954

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Brother of Edward died 1916

Born 1875 Holme Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Notts.

Baptised 19th December 1875, St. Edmund’s Church, Holme Pierrepont. Mothers name given as Marianne

Married 10 June 1905 to Alice Bond. Four children: Albert Henry born 1906, Elsie born 1908, Arthur Thomas born 1912 and Lilian born 1914, Kathleen 1919 and Edward 1924.

Died 1954, age 78

1881 Census

Age 5 living with father Henry 39, a blacksmith born in Holme Pierrepont, mother Mary Ann 33, born in Bassingfield, sisters Ellen 9, Emma 3 and brothers Fred 7 and Albert 1.  They lived in Bassingfield, Notts.

1891 Census

Age 15 employed as a farm labourer living with father Henry 49, a blacksmith, mother Mary Ann 43, and seven siblings:  sisters Ellen 19 (no occupation), Emma 13, Alice 6, both at school and Ethel 4, brothers Frederick 17, a blacksmith’s apprentice, Albert 10, and Edward 8, both at school. Still in Bassingfield.

1901 Census
Aged 25 employed as a blacksmith living with parents, brother Frederick 27, a blacksmith and sisters Alice 16 and Ethel 14.  They lived on Holme Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Aged 35 employed as a blacksmith and living with Alice his wife aged 25 from Bottesford and son Albert Henry 4, and daughter Elsie 2, both born in Radcliffe on Trent.  They lived in a 4 roomed house on Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Service

Rank: Driver

Service Number: T4/198384

Military Unit: 238th Company, Royal Army Service Corps

Theatre of War: Balkans, date of entry 3.1.17. Total war service abroad 2 years

Enlisted: 11 December 1915

Occupation: Shoeing smith

Age last birthday: 43 years

16.7.16: Posted for duty at Newark

3.1.17: In Salonica until December 1918

16.9.18: Accidental injury (Broken wrist in fall from mule)

9.3.19: Transferred to Class Z – A reserve

Awarded a pension for 26 weeks from 10th March 1919 – 8s for four children expires 9th September 1919.

Report of Medical Board – 31 July 1919
Colles fracture with less than 20% disablement. Decision 19 August 1919 pension of 4s for 4 children.  Pension now expires 9 March 1920 extended to 7 September 1920.
Present state of disability- He complains of pain in the wrist after heavy work – The radius right which has been fractured is now united? firmly and there is a ¼ thickening of wrist as compared with left due to callus at lower end of radius. 

The right forearm shows ½ ins wasting. Movements at elbow perfect. Movements at right wrist are limited in flexion only.  Grip of hand impaired slightly which will improve.  There is now no evidence of further disability.

Recommend 6 months for a re-examination.
Fracture of wrist 16 September 1918 – riding a mule to go to shoe some mules.  Mule began to kick and he was thrown off.  Put hand out and fractured wrist when falling.
Disability caused on duty – field service. Date of origin of disability – Sept 16 1918. Place of origin of disability – Salonica
18 December 1918 – thickening of bones cause restricted movement.
Accident on duty.

In Salonica 3 January 1917 until December 1918.
Hospital – Sparrow Hall Military Hospital, Fazackerley, Liverpool.  36 days in hospital.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: Thomas Wheatley living with wife Alice

From the 1939 Register

Address:  Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Agricultural blacksmith.

Household: daughter Kathleen and son Edward

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.