Thomas James Gent
Corporal 14056 - Lincolnshire Regiment
Killed in Action Flanders 1st July 1916 : Aged 28
Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 1 C.
Born in Huthwaite and fully named Thomas James by parents William and Helen Gent addressed of New Street, Huthwaite. Their son Tom was marrried however when enlisting in Sutton, the town where he with wife Mabel (nee Allsop) resided at 30 Short Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts.
Notts Free Press – 4th. August, 1916.
SUTTON SOLDIERS’ DEATH
CORPORAL T.J. GENT
News has been received of the death of corporal Thomas James Gent, of 17, Mill Street who was in the 2nd. Lincolnshire Regiment. Corporal Gent who formerly worked at the New Hucknall Colliery, enlisted in September, 1914, and left for the front in June, 1915. He was 28 years of age, and leaves a wife and one child.
Mrs. Gent received news of the sad loss in the following letter from the deceased’s officer :-
“This letter would have been written earlier if I had not been continually moved from place to place since the sad event happened. I do not know whether you have yet been informed that your husband was killed in action near------------on July 1st. if not I am very sorry to have to convey such sad news. The only consolation that I can offer is that he fell fighting bravely for his King and country. I have heard on all sides when we were discussing the battle how well he did. Company Sergeant Major Green, 2nd. Lincolns, British Expeditionary Force, would probably be able to find out more for you if you care to write to him. I will conclude by saying what a great grief it is to me personally. Ever since I took command of the Company I have noticed and highly valued his work as N.C.O.
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