Contributed by: Patricia Fitzsimmons, on 2008-11-12
|Year of Birth||1882|
|Year of Death||1914|
|Regiment||South Wales Borderers|
|Place of Wartime Residence||London|
I grew up hearing my mother talk about her Uncle Tom (her Dad's brother) who was 'killed in action' at Ypres and who had no known grave. She told me that my grandfather had gone to great lengths to learn what had happened to his brother but that all he could find out was that Tom had been badly injured and was lying on a stretcher waiting to be taken behind the lines to a field hospital. A shell exploded and Tom was never seen again. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres and I should like to go there to pay my respects and that of the family. I know that Great Uncle Tom married in Decmber1913 but have not been able to find out if he had a child.
6274 Private Thomas Terry enlisted in the 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers in London in July 1899 on a 12 year engagement which included 7 years in the reserve.
He served in South Africa with the 2nd Battalion until the end of the Boer War and was then posted from South Africa to India where he served with the 1st Battalion SWB.
He was recalled from the Army Reserve at the start of the War and embarked for France with the 1st Battalion on 31 August 1914. He was killed on 21 October 1914 aged 32.
Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps: Cape Colony;Orange Free State;Transvaal
King's South Africa Medal: South Africa 1901; South Africa 1902
1914 Star with clasp
British War Medal
I have always been curious as to the reason a young Cockney lad from Bermondsey, south London would join the South Wales Borderers and can only assume that the thrilling tales of Rourke's Drift where the South Wales Borderers won several VCs inspired young Tom to want to serve in the same regiment.