Thomas Fantham

Name

Thomas Fantham

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

10/08/1918

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
T/271032
The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
10th (R. East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Bn

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

ST. VENANT-ROBECQ ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, ROBECQ
III. E. 16.
France

Headstone Inscription

No Report

UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial
St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch

Pre War

Thomas was born in Northchurch in 1886 to John Fantham, a Boatman, and Sarah (nee Meads). On both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses Thomas was listed as a Bricklayers Labourer. There were 4 sisters and 2 brothers.


In 1914 Thomas married Dorothy Caroline Batts in 1914.They had one daughter, Marjorie Brenda born in 1916 and were living at Alma Road, Berkhampsted and also at London House, Northchurch, Berkhampsted.

Wartime Service

Thomas enlisted in Royal East Kent (the Buffs) regiment  as Private T/271032 on 11 Feb 1915. He gave his occupation as Jobbing Gardener. He seems to have been posted as a Territorial Soldier ('T' in ser number and volunteered for overseas service.


He served in UK until 13 Feb 17 when he was posted to 10th Battalion (Royal East Kent & West Kent Yeomanry) at Sollum, Egypt. He returned to UK on 6 May 1918 immediately joining BEF in France on 7 May 1918. He was killed in action at the Battle of Lys, France.

Additional Information

War gratuity £9 10s. and arrears of £16 3s 5d. paid to Widow Dorothy

Acknowledgments

Neil Cooper, Brenda Palmer
Jonty Wild, www.dacorumheritage.org.uk/first-world-war-database