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Percy Thomason

Rank: Private

Lifetime: 1881-1918

Reference: TF/292647


8 Glamorgan Road where Private Percy Thomason's widow, Grace, lived for many years

Private Percy Thomason (TF/292647) of the 21st Battalion of the Duke of Cambridge Own (Middlesex) Regiment was killed in action on 9 April 1918. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. He is not listed on the Hampton Wick War Memorial but his Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry refers to him as the son of the late Mr and Mrs George Thomason of Hounslow and the husband of Grace Beatrice Thomason of “Warham”, Glamorgan Road, Hampton Wick (now 8 Glamorgan Road).

Percy Thomason (31) married Grace Beatrice Norreys (31) of Warham, Glamorgan Road, Hampton Wick, at St John the Baptist’s Church, Hampton Wick, on 9 November 1912. The bride’s father was a deceased tea planter, George Norreys. Percy was a journalist of Albermarle Villa, Staines Road, Hounslow, and the son of another journalist, George James Thomason (deceased). His entry in UK Soldiers Died in the Great War gives his place of birth and residence as Hounslow. He enlisted at Ravenscourt Park in Middlesex.

His address is given in the Grant of Probate granted on 1 March 1920 as 334 Hanworth Road, Hounslow. Probate of an estate valued at £1296 1s 8d was granted to his brother, Guy Thomason, a journalist, and to Edward Kay Robinson, author and father of Harry Kay Hesketh Robinson, one of the Great War casualties commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial.

Private Thomason’s widow, Grace, seems to have moved back into 8 Glamorgan Road with the Robinson family after the death of her husband. When Edward Kay Robinson died, the property passed to his wife and, when she died in 1933, the property transferred to Private Thomason’s widow, Grace, suggesting that she must have been related to the Robinson family. She remained in occupation until 1961.

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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