|Date of birth:||1889|
|Place of birth:||Forest Gate, London|
|Regiment:||Honourable Artillery Company|
|Rank / Service No:||Private, 3473|
|Died:||10th February 1917, aged 27 years|
|Buried:||Etaples Military Cemetery, France (Plot XXI, Row E, Grave 6A)|
Thomas was the third of 4 known siblings born to Robert and Margaret M. Dow who, according to the 1911 Census, married in 1883.
Both parents were born in Scotland, Robert in 1854 and Margaret in 1857. Robert died in Southampton in 1918, and Margaret passed away in Surrey in 1941.
It is not known when the family moved to Southampton, but they were living at 5 Waterloo Road, Shirley at the 1911 Census.
Annie Ramsey b. 1884 Bow d. 1959 Epsom Married Percy J. Hunter in Southampton in 1912.
Marian Watson b. 1886 Bow d. 27 August 1938 Burgh Heath
Euphemia b. 1891 Forest Gate d. ?? (still alive @ 1911 Census).
Thomas enlisted into the 2nd Battalion in May 1915, and transferred to the 1st Battalion on 21 July 1916.
The 2nd Battalion was raised in August 1914 and was in Le Havre on 3 October 1916, under the command of the 22nd Brigade in the 7th Division.
The Honourable Artillery Company lost 1600 men during WW1.
Thomas was probably wounded around the village of Beaucourt in early February, and was transferred to one of the hospitals at Etaples.
The area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals.
It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and was accessible by railway from both the northern and southern battlefields.
In 1917, 100K troops were camped among the sand dunes and the 15 or so hospitals could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick.
Because of the ease of access, Thomas could have been wounded anywhere on the Western Front.
The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth WW1 burials.
Thomas’ headstone reads: “ His life for his country, his soul to God.”
|Published:||7th July 2016|
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