Thomas Edward Hounsome

Date of birth: 29th September 1897
Place of birth: Whitchurch, Hampshire
Regiment: Gloucestershire
Battalion: 2/5th (T.F)
Rank / Service No: Private, 241721
Died: 7th April 1917, aged 20 years
Buried: Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, France (Plot I, Row c, Grave 41)


Thomas was the eighth of 9 known siblings born to Newton and Lizzie Maud Hounsome (nee Elliott), who married in Whitchurch in 1883.

The couple are known to have had 11 children, one of which died in infancy. This child is noted below, so it is a mystery what happened to the other 2 children.


The family latterly lived at 350 Priory Road, St. Denys, having moved from Whitchurch to Southampton some time between the 1901 & 1911 Census.


Newton was born in Whitchurch in 1856 and he died in Southampton in 1919.

Lizzie was born in Lepe in 1858 and she passed away in Southampton in 1935.



George Newton   b. 1884 Whitchurch   d. 1963 Birmingham Married Florence E. Castle in Wandsworth in 1925.

George “deserted” from the 131st Heavy Battery of the R.G.A on 14 March 1915, having been in Hilsea Hospital for 50 days in the latter half of 1914.

On 5 February 1915, he “broke out” of a military hospital in Lewisham and struck a Police Constable whilst drunk !!

He married Alice Luck in Reading in 1932.

Charles William   b. 1885 Whitchurch   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Lucy Ellen Greentree in Havant in 1913.

Annie F. Clara   b. 1887 Whitchurch   d. 1967 Reading   Married Arthur Pearce in Southampton in 1912. Married George E. Shipton in Reading in 1922.

Albert HERBERT   b. 1888 Whitchurch   d. 20.4.1917 France   See separate story.

Alfred   b. 1890 Whitchurch   d. 1892 Whitchurch

Harry   b. 1891 Whitchurch   d. 25 May 1955 So’ton General Hospital   Left £394 1s 1d to his brother Sidney.

Sidney   b. 1894 Whitchurch   d. 1971 Southampton

Thomas Edward  

Lizzie Louisa   b. 1899 Whitchurch   d. 1989 Potters Bar   Married Ernest W. G. Young in Southampton in 1921.



The 2/5th Gloucestershires landed in France on 23 May 1916, part of the 184th Brigade in the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.


Thomas died during the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, where his battalion was involved in the capture of Chaulnes and Bapaume on the 17 March 1917


The cemetery was begun in August 1917 by fighting units, and original graves are in Plots I-III; others were brought in after the Armistice.


Thomas is buried with 14 of his battalion comrades in Plot I Row C.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016


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