Thomas Emm

Date of birth: 1871
Place of birth: Lockerley, Hampshire
Date of marriage: 15th October 1898
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 110891
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Royal Engineers
Battalion: Labour Corps
Died: 22nd October 1918 aged 47 years
Death location: Military Hospital, Netley, Hampshire


Life before the War
Thomas Emm was born in Lockerley, Hampshire in 1871, the son of John Emm, an Agricultural Labourer, and his wife Eliza (nee Newell).

Thomas married his wife Rose on 15th October 1898.

In 1911 Thomas, Rose and their children Thomas (aged 10), Rosie (aged 8), John (aged 7) and Frederick (aged 4) were living at 85 Castle House, High Street, Southampton.  Thomas’ occupation is given as a Casual Labourer.

Military Service
Thomas enlisted on 11th August 1915 aged 44 and served in the Labour Corps of the Royal Engineers.  He died at the Netley Military Hospital on 22nd October 1918 aged 47.  Records show his death was due to heart failure and pneumonia.

Thomas is buried in Southampton Old Cemetery (Grave reference 147.N.195).  At the time of his death his family were living at 39 Milias Road, Itchen, Southampton.

In December 1919 the Officer in Charge of the Labour Corps instructed all personal effects of Thomas Emm were to be passed to his widow, who was then living at 7 Floating Bridge Road, Southampton.

The Labour Corps were formed in January 1917.  The Corps consisted of officers and men who had been medically rated below the A1 standard required for front line service.  The Labour Corps made up more than 10% of the whole army, totalling some 390,000 personnel.

Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 17th March 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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