Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Harry Tock 1899-1918

Harry Tock is remembered on the side of the Church Hall on Crookes Street
1899 in Barnsley, Yorkshire

Son of:
George William Tock b.1866 in Barnsley  d.1939 in Barnsley

1911:  Builder and Stone Mason 29 Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley
married in the Barnsley Registration District in Q2 1898 (9c 396)

Ada (maiden name White) b.1871 in Thornhill Lees, nr Dewsbury d.1955 in Barnsley

Position in family: The eldest of 7 children
1. Harry Tock b.1899 
2. Doris Tock b.1901
3. Fred Tock b.1902
4. Lucy Tock b.1904
5. Hilda Tock b.1905
6. Mabel Tock b.1909
7. George Tock b.1913

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 25 Fitzwilliam Street, age 1
1911: 29 Fitzwilliam Street, age 11


Harry was unmarried

Military Service:
Enlisted: **?**
Regiment and Battalion:    1/7th Btn Durham Light Infantry
Service number and rank:  98990  Private

Regiment and Battalion: 9th West Riding Regiment
Service number and rank: 35023 Privae
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death:     4 November 1918 aged 19
Buried at:  Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Grave Reference:  VII. B. 3.

(Harry's parents paid for the dedication, "In Loving memory of our Eldest Son" to be added to his CWGC gravestone.)

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of George William and Ada Tock, of 33, Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley, Yorks.

Harry is remembered on an inscribed stone on the side of the Farrar Street United Reformed Church (see above) and on his parents' gravestone in Barnsley Cemetery.


Lives of the First World War

This death notice was inserted in the Barnsley Chronicle on 30 November 1918 (thanks to Barnsley Archives).

"Tock - In affectionate rememberance of Pte. Harry Tock, W. R. Regt., the beloved son of George William and Ada Tock, who was killed in action November 4th, 1918, aged 19 years. 
No cards.
Mr. and Mrs. Tock and family sincerely thank all friends for kind sympathy in their sad bereavement.
33, Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley."

Barnsley Chronicle 6 May 1933 (thanks to Barnsley Archives)
When the Sunday School Hall at the rear of Farrar Street Church was built in 1933 the main contractor was Mr Geo. W. Tock, of Barnsley, Harry Tock's father.  The stone dedicated to Harry is also recorded in a report in the Barnsley Chronicle from 17 June 1933 which lists many of the inscribed stones that commemorate contributors to the Sunday School project.

George William Tock's father, Henry Tock, was also a Stone Mason and originally came from Winterton in Lincolnshire.  The surname Tock seems to come from the Brigg, Goole and Thorne area of North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. 

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