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Thomas Baguley

Driver 8078 - Royal Field Artillery
North Midlands

Enlisted: Military Army

Disability : Discharged 8th Dec 1918 Aged 35


Huthwaite Online WW1 Remembrance

Driver 8078 Thomas Baguley was born 1883 in Mansfield. Parents held 1881 New Buildings address, where father Thomas John Baguley 32 from Edingley, worked in this towns Malting industry. Wife Hezia 28 from Bronfield Woodhouse, Derbyshire, was then just mothering two young daughters, Annie 4 and Harriett 6 months, plus housing 10 year old nephew Arthur Baguley.

Son Thomas Baguley is firstly identified aged 6, when 1891 census shows recent move just before adding younger sister Sarah, and then brother John furthermore born into their Edingley household. Supporting fathers later role of Agricultural Labourer, their move into Glapwell Derbyshire finds Thomas aged 16 had already started underground work as a pit pony driver.

Hucknall-under-Huthwaite is where this Baguley family came to independently run business at Hill Farm. Huthwaite 1911 census reveals 33 years marriage between Dairyman Thomas John Bailey and wife Hezia, is ably assisted by single daughter Sarah 21. Youngest son John 19 is an apprenticed Blacksmith, whereas 3 other surviving siblings have made their own way in life.

Mr Thomas Baguley is actually discovered in 1911 Pixton census last working as a Railway Station Porter. He, like similar aged single males were lodging in nearby Derbyshire with a widowed Chamberlain. Having personally traced true identity behind T. Baguley given related listing on the Huthwaite War Memorial Cenotaph, his military discharge may prove unique reason omitted from fuller named Roll of Honour offered all others with remembrance displayed inside the Huthwaite Parish Church.

Driver 8078 Thomas Baguley did dutifully spend wartime service in the army. The fact his burial eluded any Commonwealth War Grave Commissioned searches seemed odd, until finally discovering only other evidence partially detailed by war pension. Role of Driver in the North Midlands, Royal Field Artillery can only so far suggest some disability surviving final discharge aged 35.

09 Nov 20     by Gary Elliott       Updated 09 Nove 20