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THOMAS WILLIAM BARTRAM 1881–1955

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Also known as Joseph William Bartram on his military service records

Born 23rd September 1881 at Tamworth, Staffordshire

Baptised 13th October 1881 St Edith’s Church, Tamworth, Staffs. Home address 17 Hall’s Row, Tamworth

Married on Christmas Day 1916 to Evelyn May Buxton of the Cliffe Inn, Radcliffe on Trent

Died: 21st July 1955

1891 Census

Living at Tamworth with his father, Thomas, a miner and a widower, sisters Florence and Ann and a younger brother Albert.

1901 Census

Lodging with the Shorter family at Letcombe Regis in Berkshire. He is a stable lad.

1911 Census

He moved to the Marshalls farm at Adbolton where he is described as a stud groom.

Military Service

Rank: Private then Farrier Sergeant, then Sergeant

Service Number: R/4/095122

Military Unit: Army Service Corps 35th Remount Squadron (responsible for the provisioning of horses and mules)

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 23.12.17

Attestation 22.4.1915 at Romsey, Kent, age 33 years 6 months.

Name given as Joseph William Bartram.

Occupation: stud groom. Height 5ft 8¼ins, chest 37ins, expansion 2½ins. Religion C. of E.

Home address Tamworth at attestation, later amended to Cliffe Inn, Radcliffe on Trent.

Next of kin Evelyn May Bartram, Cliffe Inn, Radcliffe on Trent

21.4.15: Letter from Major C.E. Fenwick to the Recruiting Sergeant, Remount Depot, Romsey:

‘I am sending my servant to you to be enlisted.  His name is J.W. Bartram & he has been my stud groom till now.’

Home 22.4.15 to 21.12.17; Expeditionary force France 24.12.17 to 9.3.19; home 10.3.19 to 20.7.19

13.9.15: Appointed Acting Farrier Sgt at Romsey Remount

27.3.16: Promoted Farrier Sgt

21.4.17: Romsey.  Severely reprimanded and forfeited 1 days’ pay for being absent from stables from 6.30 a.m. till 7.30 a.m. when on active service

22.12.17: Embarked Southampton

23.12.17: Disembarked Havre ex S.S. ‘Huntscraft’

24.12.17: Expeditionary force France; 35 Remount Squadron, No.3 Base, Remount Depot

France: Elected to draw ordinary ASC rates of pay and the benefits of A.O.1 of 1918.

Granted pay of Sgt and 5th rate Corps pay with effect from 22.12.17

9.2.18: Relinquished duties of Farrier Sgt; further service Sgt

7.12.18: 14 days leave to 21.12.18

20.3.19: Admitted influenza

30.3.19: To England per A.T. (Ambulance Transport) ‘Formosa’ (Influenza) N.B.‘Formosa’ was a hospital ship

10.3.19 to 10.6.19: 92 days in hospital with Influenza:

Weak and debilitated. Pain in R. ear. R. nasal discharge & cacosimia (disorder of the sense of smell).  Poly….hypt. ….curbinal removed.

Transferred to Military Hospital, Clipstone, Notts.

20.6.19: Discharged to Dispersal centre

20.7.19: Demobilised.  Military character V. Good

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Other information

Described in marriage register, 25.12.1916 as being on active service.  Witnesses to marriage, H.Parr and Hilda Parr.  Address at date of death 36 Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent (on Probate)

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Address: 1 Highfield, Ware, Hertfordshire

Occupation: Stud groom

Household: living with wife Evelyn

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Living in Radcliffe on Trent in 1918 and when he died in 1955.