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Thomas William Greaves

GREAVES, Thomas William

Thomas William Greaves was born in Sculcoates, Hull in 1897 to Thomas Edward Greaves and Amelia Robinson. They lived in Hotham Street in Kingston-upon-Hull but in the 1901 census Amelia and three year old Thomas were with her widowed mother just two streets away. Two more sons, Leonard and Harry, were born in 1906 and 1908. Thomas Edward, a Labourer, died in early 1911 at the young age of thirty-nine. In the 1911 census the widowed Amelia had her widowed father-in-law living with her and the three young boys.

In early 1912 Amelia married again, to John W Taylor and in 1918 they were living in Amy’s Terrace, Ferries Street. In 1914 seventeen year old Thomas enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Number 43788). He later transferred to the Royal Defence Corps. It is not known why he was in Ireland in October 1918 but he was travelling to England on RMS Leinster on the 10th when it was torpedoed. Thomas did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered in south west Scotland.

He was brought home to his family and buried in Hedon Road cemetery, very close to where he grew up. His name is listed on the digital War Memorial in Kingston-upon-Hull.



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