Friday, 8 August 2014

Thomas Goldsby West 1891-1916

Thomas West on the Darfield Village Club Memorial
23 May 1891 10 Newton Street, Barnsley.  
Baptised 1 November 1891 St. Mary’s Church, Barnsley

Son of:
William Goldsby West b. 1864 Coventry, Warwickshire
1911: 18 Station Lane, Coal Miner Hewer
married at St Catherines Church, Sandal on 24 March 1883 to 
Mary Margaret Green b.1864 Milnthorpe, Yorkshire

Position in family: The sixth of 14 children (4 died before 1911)
1. Emma Goldsby West b 1883
2. George Goldsby West b 1884 (died in infancy)
3. Eliza Goldsby West b
4  William Goldsby West b 1888 Cudworth, Yks WW1 SERVICE Pte. Y&L
5. George Goldsby West b 1889 Barnsley, Yks WW1 SERVICE Cpl. Y&L
6. Thomas Goldsby West b 1891 Barnsley, Yks WW1 KILLED
7  Jane Goldsby West b 1893 Barnsley, Yks
8. Agnes Goldsby West b.1895 Wombwell, Yks
9. Mary Margaret (Polly) Goldsby West b.1897 Wombwell, Yks

10. Walter Goldsby West b.1899 Wombwell, Yks
11. Alfred Goldsby West b 1899 WW1 KILLED
12. John Goldsby West b 1900 (died in infancy)
13. Albert Edward Goldsby West b 1902
14. Irving Goldsby West b 1907 (died in infancy)

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 10 Newton Street, Barnsley
1901: 8 Summer Lane, Wombwell
1911: 18 Station Lane, Wombwell aged 19, Coal Miner Hewer
?Address on enlistment 24 Darfield Main

He was married to Laura Adelaide Copeland at Wombwell Parish Church on 4 July 1915

Children: None

Military Service:
Enlisted: **
Arrived in France: 26 August 1915
Regiment and Battalion:    King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 8th (Service) Battalion
Service number and rank:  16688 Private
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death:     1 July 1916 age 25
Buried at: Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont-Hamel, France
Grave Reference: Plot 4 Row G No 16

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of William Goldsby West and Mary Margaret West, of 42, Pitt St., Low Valley, Wombwell, Barnsley.

Wombwell St Mary’s Church Book of Remembrance,
Wombwell St Mary’s Church War Memorial
Wombwell, Wombwell Reform Club Members WW1, Nu Well Shopping Mall, Hough Lane 
Darfield, Darfield Village Club, WW1 Roll of Honour

With thanks to Kevan Goldsby-West for this story.

Burial Return from CWGC website
According to the new information on the Commonwealth War Graves site Thomas's body was identified by his disc when exhumed and then concentrated into and reburied in the Serre Road Cemetery.


Unknown said...

Tom also had a brother Alfred Goldsby-West who left Wombwell and was killed in action in France/Flanders 9th April 1918. Commemerated on Ploegsteert Memorial France

BarnsleyHistorian said...

Hi Irving,
Both men are remembered on the Wombwell War Memorial.