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Thomas Limbert


Thomas Limbert was born on the 3rd of July 1898 in Cumbernauld, north east of Glasgow to John Limbert and Ellen (or Helen) Black. He was the seventh of their ten children, one of whom died in infancy in 1888. Both John and Ellen were born in Leicestershire but they married in Scotland in 1886 where John was a Quarryman. The first three children were born in the town of Dalbeattie in Kirkcudbrightshire, including the child who died. In the 1891 census the family was in Cockermouth, Cumberland and they then moved to Barrow-upon-Soar in Leicestershire, close to their birthplace, where there were granite quarries. Here two more sons were born in 1891 and 1894.

By 1896, when the next child was born, they had returned to Scotland and were living in Cumbernauld where John Limbert was a Whin Settmaker. Thomas and Frederick, 1901, were then born before the family moved again to Muckairn in Argyllshire where the final two sons were born in 1903 and 1906. By the time of the 1911 census they were back near Cumbernauld in the village of Condorrat where John gave his occupation as a Settmaker in a Whinstone Quarry. By 1918 they were living in Glenboig, about ten miles from Glasgow.

Thomas Limbert, aged twenty, enlisted at Hamilton on the 8th of July 1918 in the Cameron Highlanders. He was sent to the 3rd Reserve Training Battalion which had been in Ireland since 1917. John Limbert died in Glenboig on the 7th of October 1918, aged sixty years. Thomas was on his way home to Scotland for the funeral when he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton and on the Memorial in Glenboig.



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