Thomas McBeath Crease

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Kilmorack, Inverness
Regiment: Sherwood Foresters
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 10071
Died: 22nd March 1915, aged 24 years
Commemorated: Le Touret Memorial, France

 

Thomas was the fourth of 6 siblings born to James and Georgina Crease (nee McBeath), who married at St. Andrews in 1883.

James was born in Midlothian on 17 November 1853 and he died in Southampton in 1935.

Georgina was born in Aberdeenshire on 14 November 1853 and she passed away in Southampton in 1927.

 

The family lived in Shirley once they moved to Southampton, both in Victor Street and Church Street.

 

Thomas is a cousin of Jesse Pearson Crease, who’s story appears elsewhere; James’ father James married Elizabeth Pearson in 1843 and she gave birth to both James and Douglas Henry Crease.

 

Siblings

Annie Pearson   b. 1884 Kilmorack   d. 1974 Southampton Married Frank Hayward in Southampton in 1905.

Elizabeth Pearson   b. 1887 Kilmorack   d. 1966 Southampton   Married Frederick W. Sutton in Southampton in 1918.

Janet M. b. 1890 Kilmorack   d. 1927 Southampton   Married William Marshall in Southampton in 1927.

Thomas McBeath 

Georgina   b. 1893 Kilmorack   d. 1980 Southampton   Married William G. Scriven in Southampton in 1918.

Douglas David Pearson   b. 1897 Shirley   d. 07.00 31 August 1938   Married Janet Legg in Southampton in 1926. Missing, presumed drowned, from RMMV Stirling Castle….maiden voyage from Southampton to Cape Town 6 February 1937 and ran that route until requisitioned by the Admiralty for WW2.

 

The 1st Sherwood Foresters were in Bombay at outbreak of WW1, and landed at Plymouth on 2 October 1914.

They came under the orders of the 24th Brigade in the 8th Division whilst at Hursley Park and landed at Le Havre on 5 November 1914.

 

Thomas perished during actions around the village of Neuve Chapelle. The Germans had occupied Lille and the surrounding area since early in the war. The village stands on a slight ridge in an otherwise flat landscape, therefore offering a superb vantage point.

The B.E.F knew that it was imperative to capture the area, and there was some very heavy fighting against the well-defended Germans.

 

The Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in the sector, from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915, and who have no known grave.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016
Updated:

 

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