Thomas Samson Whibley

Thomas Samson Whibley ©

Thomas Samson Whibley ©

Date of birth: 17th December 1887
Place of birth: Diss, Norfolk
Service No.: 26966
Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th
Died: 20th September aged 29 years
Death location: France


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Life before the War
Thomas, also known as Tom, was was the eldest of 3 sons born to parents Albert Richard and Florence, nee Hind.  Albert was born 1855 Maidstone, Kent, Florence was born 1865 Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Thomas’s two younger brothers were:

Richard b.1888 Diss

Jack b.1891 Marlborough

In the 1891 census the family were living at numbers 1, 2 and 3 Kingsbury Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire. This was a Grocery Shop which Albert and his brother John, who was living with them, owned.  They had 3 servants who helped in the shop and home.

Florence was living with her father, Michael Hind, in 1901, at 10 Tranquil Rise, Erith, Kent.  He was an Auctioneer and Undertaker.  Living with her was her 3 sons.  Her husband Albert had moved to Southampton where he was a boarder living at Holmesdale Villa, Garnock Road, Woolston. He was working as a Grocer’s Manager.

By 1911 Albert and Florence, with their sons Richard and Jack, were living at 30 Alma Road, Southampton.  Albert was a Grocer’s Assistant, Richard was an Engineer’s Pattern Maker in the Ship Building Business and Jack was an Engineers Apprentice, also in the Ship Building Business. Thomas was living at 200 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, as a boarder, employed as a Booksellers Assistant.


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1901 – 1902

Education and Employment: Tom was born on 17 December 1887 in Diss, Norfolk. After leaving Taunton’s he worked for a bookseller in Hasting’s for about 6 years. He then moved to Bournemouth to work as an assistant bookseller there.

Life during the war: Tom’s family lived in Woolston. His father worked for a grocer. Tom was living in Bournemouth when he joined the Hampshire Yeomanry in October 1914. He served in France, attaining the rank of Sergeant Major. He fought with the 15th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment and died of his wounds in France.

Tom died on 20th September 1917 aged 29 years.


War Service
Thomas enlisted in Winchester, Hampshire, joining the Hampshire Regiment, 15th (Service) Battalion as a Warrant Officer, Company Sergeant Major, service number 26966.

Sadly, on the 20th September 1917, age 29, Thomas was injured and died from his wounds.

Thomas is Remembered with Honour at the Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.  Also on the War Memorial at St. Mary’s Extra Cemetery, junction of Portsmouth Road and Butts Road, Southampton.

St. Mary’s Extra War Memorial
In 1918 the Borough of Southampton did not incorporate many districts which today are part of Southampton. One of these was the district of Woolston.  A larger memorial was set up in the St Mary’s Extra cemetery on Portsmouth Road on the east bank of the Itchen to record the names of the dead from the parish of St Mary Extra, which encompassed much of the rest of what is now Southampton.

For his service to his country, Tom was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 27th August 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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