WW1 Project Thomas Peter REED <BACK





Warnham Address
Serapis Cottage, Durfold Hill
Date & Place of Birth
1858 Widdington, Essex
Occupation
Mail Clerk & Royal Marine Pensioner
Enlisted
'At outbreak of war'
Regiment(s)
19th (Service) Bn (2nd Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Formerly Royal Marines
Rank
Colour Sergeant
Regimental No(s)
PS/1148
Service Record

Awards

Died
11th Apr 1915 Warnham, died of pneumonia, buried Warnham 15th Apr 1915
Source(s)
Parish Magazine, WSCT, Parish register, 1861-1911 censuses, FamilySearch.com
Notes

Called Peter in Parish burial register
Was baptized Thomas Peter BARKER in Widdington 26th Dec 1858, to single mother Susan Barker.
She married Charles Reed Q4 1859 in Widdington.
Thomas retained his Barker surname until enlisting in the Royal Marines between the 1871 and 1881 censuses.

To Mrs Reed of Durfold Hill, Lieut-Col W W Gordon, commanding the 19th Royal Fusiliers at Epsom, writes:
“I cannot tell you how shocked we all were to hear of your husband, Colr-Sergt. Reed's death. I need hardly say that I appreciate very highly the excellent work your husband did in this Battalion. All ranks are greatly grieved at your loss, and also the loss of the Battalion he served so well.”
 
The R.F. were represented at his funeral by a major, a CSM & two privates. " A splendid cross bore the inscription :- From Colonel Woolrige Gordon and the Officers 19th ( Service ) Battalion Royal Fusiliers and there was a beautiful wreath from the N.C.O.'s and men of E Co.".

Warnham Warbler article -Nov 2011 - by Sue Overton
A few weeks later, on 11 April 1915, the death was recorded of CSM Thomas Reed, a Colour Sergeant in the 19th Btn Royal Fusiliers stationed in Epsom. He was 54 and most likely a regular soldier. Shortly after, his widow, who lived at Durfold Hill, received a letter from the commanding officer, Lt Col W W Gordon: ‘I cannot tell you how shocked we all were to hear of your husband, Colour Sergeant Reed’s death. I need hardly say that I appreciate very highly the excellent work your husband did in this Battalion. All ranks are greatly grieved at your loss, and also the loss to the Battalion he served so well.’ Thomas Reed’s headstone was a plain stone cross, now broken and lying on the ground north-east of the church.