Thomas Hayward Clark

Thomas Hayward Clark (c)

Thomas Hayward Clark (c)

Date of birth: 3rd December 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 29526
Rank: Private  (previously Acting Corporal)
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (previously 2nd Garrison Battalion)
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Died: 2nd June 1917
Death location: France




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Life before the War
Thomas was the second of 4 children born to parents Albert and Annie Elizabeth Pashley, nee Rowe.

Albert was born in 1859, Wateringbury, Kent and died in 1942 leaving a Probate naming his wife:

“Clark Albert of 3 Quarry Rise Cheam Surrey died 29 April 1942 at Lawnbank 43 Grove Road Sutton Surrey. Probate Llandudno 29 September to Annie Elizabeth Clark widow. Effects £823 7s 1d”

Annie was born in the Old Kent Road, London.  She left a Probate which named two of her now married daughters:

“Clark Annie Elizabeth Pashley otherwise Annie Elizabeth of 3 Quarry Rise Cheam Surrey widow died 26 October 1950 at Middlesex Hospital St. Marylebone London. Probate London 12 March to Emma Constance Taplin singlewoman and Dorothy Madeline Attwater (wife of Eric John Attwater). Effects £3376 9s 6d”

Albert and Annie were married in 1887 in Kent.

Thomas’s siblings – 3 sisters – were:

Edith Florence – born in 1889, Margate, Kent.  Unable to confirm any other records.

Emma Constance – born 3rd April 1892, Southampton.  She married Norman H Taplin in 1925.  At the age of 90 years she passed away in 1982.

Dorothy Madeline – born 24th June 1896, Southampton.  She married Eric John Attwater in 1925.  Dorothy passed away on 14th January 1984 aged 87 years.

In the 1891 census the family lived at 34 Onslow Road in the parish of St. Mary’s.  Albert was a Grocer, marking the census as neither employer or employed, probably meaning that it was his own business which was confirmed on future census returns.

Still living in Onslow Road in 1901, they are now at number 27.  Albert was still a Grocer which he states was his own account and his work place was also his home.

All the children were still living at home in 1911 and at 27 Onslow Road.  Albert was still running his Grocer’s business.  Emma was employed as a Milliner; Thomas was working as a Shipping Clerk and Emma worked in a Draper’s business as a Cashier.


War Service   

Taunton’s School, Southampton Roll of Honour

Time at Taunton’s School: 1902 – 1907

Education and Employment: Thomas was born on 3rd December 1890 in Southampton. He was educated in the town and after leaving school, Thomas worked as a clerk for a shipping company.

Life during the War: Thomas lived on Onslow Road in Southampton. He was first assigned to the Worcestershire Regiment when he enlisted. He served as a Private with the 2nd Garrison Battalion of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He had been in France for three weeks when he caught pneumonia and died.

Thomas died on 12th June 1917 aged 26 years.


Lapugnoy, France Memorial Documents

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France

Thomas is interred in the Lapugnoy Military Cemetery in France.  The headstone has the usual centre cross, with the words inscribed at per his mother’s request:

“And from the ground

Three blossoms red

Life that shall endless be”

The register reads:  “Clark, Pte. Thomas Hayward, 29526. 2nd Garrison Bn. Oxf and Bucks Light Inf. Died of pneumonia 12th June, 1917. Age 26. Only son of Albert and Annie E Clark, of 38, Landguard Rd., Southampton. Grave Reference IV. D. 12


Soldiers Effects
As his sole beneficiary, Thomas’s father received outstanding pay and credits. The first was on the 17th February 1918 when Albert received £3 6s 1d, then a War Gratuity of £5 on 28th October 1919.


Probate Records
“Clark Thomas Hayward of 28 Landguard Road Southampton private 2nd garrison battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry died 12 June 1917 in France. Administration Winchester 4 January 1918 to Albert Clark grocer’s assistant. Effects £122 1s”


For his service to his country, Thomas was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 9th October 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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