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Thomas Henry Tansley

Rank: Private

Lifetime: 1897-1917

Reference: 353448


The Tansley family grave in Kingston Cemetry

Private Thomas Henry Tansley (353448) of the 1st Battalion of the London Regiment died on 7 June 1917 aged 20. He is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and on a family grave in Kingston Cemetery.

His family lived in Inverin, 23 Cedars Road, Hampton Wick from 1907 until 1914. The house would have been rather crowded: at the time of the 1911 Census Thomas lived there with his father, Thomas Henry Tansley (born in c1856 in Weston, Staffordshire); his mother, Kate Elizabeth Tansley (born in c1864 in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire); his brother; three sisters and a widowed boarder and his two grown up sons. His father describes himself as a Grocer’s Assistant working at a grocer’s store which was also an ironmongers and wine and spirit store! His parents had been married for 18 years by 1911 and had five children in rapid succession aged between 16 and 10 in 1911. All the children were born in Stone, Staffordshire which suggests that the family moved South sometime after 1901.

The Tansleys were a Hampton Wick family long after the First World War. His father, David Tansley occupied 5 Vicarage Road from 1912 until 1930. Constance and Margaret Tansley (his younger and older sisters) moved into their father’s property in 1930 and then occupied the newly built 22 Vicarage Road from 1934 until 1982.

According to his obituary in The Surrey Comet dated 23 June 1917, Private Thomas Henry Tansley was the second son of David Tansley. He was an old boy of the Hampton Wick Endowed School and was also a member of the Choir at the Parish Church. He had volunteered in March 1915 enlisting with the East Surreys Regiment being subsequently transferred to the London Regiment. He was sent to France in September 1916 and wounded in the left shoulder and right leg in the following month during the Battle of the Somme. He recovered and was sent to France again at Easter 1917 where he was killed on 7 June 1917 during a night raid.

According to Private Tansley’s obituary, one of his brothers had served in the army for eight months but had been discharged by 1917 on medical grounds.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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