Project Description


Pike, Tom 1893-1959 Air Mechanic, RAF
Photograph from family collection

Born 30th October 1893 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 26th November 1893 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married in 1923 to Vera May Tomlinson. Three children, twins died as babies, one son Harry

Died 25th September 1959. Buried in Radcliffe on Trent cemetery

1901 Census

Living on Albert Street, Radcliffe on Trent with father Henry, a joiner and builder, mother Sophia, brothers Charles (killed in war), John (known as Jack), and Fred. Grandfather Sam and grandmother Harriett (maiden name Roberts) live next door.

1911 Census

Living on Albert Road (Street) with parents, brother John Harry and sister Dorothy. He was working as a joiner.

Military Service

Royal Naval Air Service

Service number 224418

30.11.16: Enlisted. Occupation carpenter and joiner, height 5ft 6¾ins, chest 37½ins. Trade classification for RNAS: rigger (aero)

30.11.16: HMS President II, Crystal Palace to 14.4. 1917. The ship was an on shore establishment for training.

15.4.17: Transferred to RNAS Killingholme (base for seaplanes on Humber estuary), Lincs, acting air mechanic I(c). Transferred to RAF on 1.4.1918, remaining at Killingholme

22.7.18: Transferred from Killingholme to Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, acting air mechanic I. There was an RFC/RAF airstrip at Seaton Carew and seaplanes were kept in Seaton Channel. It was a detachment of No. 36 Home Defence Squadron of the RFC, located at RFC Station Cramlington, Northumberland.

17.1.19: Transferred from Seaton Carew to Clipstone Dispersal Centre, Notts

Medals Awarded: ineligible for campaign medals because he served in the U.K.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Registet

Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

There are letters from Tom to Charles and to his parents on Charles’s death

Father’s company in Wright’s directories

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Lincoln Grove

Household: Tom Pike living with parents Henry and Sophia

From the 1939 Register

Address: 15 Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Company Director and Secretary Journeyman Manufacturers, Henry Pike and Sons

Military Service WWII: Sgt. Special Constable, Air Raid Precautions service

Household: living with wife Vera, born 3rd April 1903 and wife’s mother, May Tomlinson

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born, lived and died in Radcliffe on Trent.