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William Thomas

William Thomas

Male Cal 1837 - 1905  (Age: ~ 68)    Has one ancestor and 46 descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name William Thomas 
    Born Cal 1837  Ashburton, Devonshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The place and approximate date of birth is supported by William's military record.
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 24 Mar 1855  Bristol, Gloucestershire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • William signed up for 2 periods of limited engagement, initially as a Private in the 1st Foot Regiment and on 26 May 1860 transferred to 20th Brigade, Royal Artillery, as a Gunner.

      On 23 May 1862, William was appointed as Farrier Sergeant. Farrier Sergeants were found in both artillery and cavalry regiments. They were generally classed as senior sergeants and paid accordingly. Their duties included inspecting the horses of their troops every morning, and reporting any infectious disease immediately to their commanding officer and to the veterinary surgeon. A farrier sergeant was required to attend any British cavalry detachment of 50 or more.

      On 13 October 1865, William was Court Martialled although the offence was not documented.

      Wiliiam signed up for a further engagement on 2 October 1866 but on 2 September 1868, his rank was reduced to Gunner on the orders of the Commader-in-Chief. Again, the reason for this is unknown.

      William was finally discharged from service on 27 April 1876, having served for just over 21 years. During his time in service, he had fought in the Crimean War and also spent 15 years and 5 months in India.
    Occupation 21 Jun 1874  Woolwich, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Bombadier, Royal Artillery 
    Census 3 Apr 1881  Topsham, Devonshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age: 44y 
    Address :  
    Sch 119, Fore Street 
    Occupation 3 Apr 1881  Topsham, Devonshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Shoemaker 
    Census 5 Apr 1891  Topsham, Devonshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age: 54y 
    Address :  
    Sch 56, Fore Street 
    Occupation 5 Apr 1891  Topsham, Devonshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Shoemaker and Retired Soldier 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Chelsea, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 63y 
    Address :  
    District Royal Hospital 
    Occupation 31 Mar 1901  Chelsea, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Chelsea Pensioner 
    Died 1905  Topsham, Devonshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • Place of death is unconfirmed.
    Person ID I22229  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2014 

    Father George Thomas (ID:I22351
    Mother (ID:)  (Age ~ 0 ) 
    Children
    +1. William Thomas  (Current Person)
              b. Cal 1837, Ashburton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1905, Topsham, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68)
     
    Family ID F5404  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Martha Stewart (ID:I22230)
              b. 1844, Ottery St Mary, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Apr 1899, Topsham, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55) 
    Married 13 Jul 1873  Woolwich, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Address :  
    Woolwich Parish Church 
    • On the marriage register, William is still a Gunner in The Royal Artillery. He gives his address as the Barracks. William was a widower at the time of this marriage.
    Marriage Record: THOMAS, William and STEWART, Martha 18730713
    Marriage Record: THOMAS, William and STEWART, Martha 18730713
    Children 3 children 
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2013 14:57:14 
    Family ID F5373  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Harriett Blazey (ID:I22350)
              d. Bef 1873 
    Married 22 Apr 1863  Waltair, Madras, IndiaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 2 children 
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2014 14:54:55 
    Family ID F5403  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Cal 1837 - Ashburton, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 24 Mar 1855 - Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Apr 1863 - Waltair, Madras, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Address :  
    Woolwich Parish Church - 13 Jul 1873 - Woolwich, London, England
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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bombadier, Royal Artillery - 21 Jun 1874 - Woolwich, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 44y - 3 Apr 1881 - Topsham, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Shoemaker - 3 Apr 1881 - Topsham, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 54y - 5 Apr 1891 - Topsham, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Shoemaker and Retired Soldier - 5 Apr 1891 - Topsham, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 63y - 31 Mar 1901 - Chelsea, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Chelsea Pensioner - 31 Mar 1901 - Chelsea, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1905 - Topsham, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S8202] Census 1881 Topsham, Devonshire, England RG11/2142/84/21 (William Thomas)  (RG11/2142/84/21).

    2. [S8203] Census 1891 Topsham, Devonshire, England RG12/1679/67/8 (William Thomas)  (RG12/1679/67/8).

    3. [S9427] Census 1901 Chelsea, London, England RG13/80/68/18 (William Thomas)  (RG13/80/68/18).

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