SUTTON, Thomas Stanley

No.103379, Private, Thomas Stanley SUTTON
Aged 18

10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in Action on Monday, 6th May 1918

Thomas Stanley Sutton was born in Boyton End, Stoke by Clare on 14th August 1899,(Risbridge Q3-1899 4A:805), baptised in St John the Baptist, Stoke by Clare on 22nd October 1899, son of Samuel Charles and Kate SUTTON (née LILLY).

He was admitted to Stoke by Clare National/Voluntary School on 28th Sept.1909, coming from Wixoe School. He left school on March 20th 1913.

1901 census...Aged 1, he was at Boyton End, Stoke by Clare with his father Samuel C SUTTON [34] journeyman bricklayer born Alpheton; his mother Kate [33] born Alpheton; brothers Sydney C [11] born Alpheton, and George W [4] (born Boyton End) and sister Gertrude L [[9] born Alpheton.

1911 census...Aged 11, he was at Stoke by Clare with his parents; brothers Sydney Charles (journeyman bricklayer) and George (farm labourer); sister Alice Annie [5] born Stoke by Clare; grandmother, widow Constance LILLY [73] born Long Melford. All 5 siblings survive.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds on 14th September 1917, giving his age as 18 years 1 month (date of birth 14th August 1899). He was 5 feet 1.5 inches (156.2 cm)tall, chest 35.5" to 37.5" (90.2 to 95.3 cm), weighing 124 lbs (56.2 kg). Church of England.
Much of his service record is very faint but he appears to have been mobilised into the 27th Training Reserve Bgde # TR/9/44613 and posted to the 52nd Graduated Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment on 2nd DFebruary 1918. Sent to France on 4th April 1918 he was posted to the 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, receiving a new number of 103379. His next of kin he gave as father, Charles SUTTON of Chapel Street, Stoke by Clare, to whom his personal belongings were returned, consisting of letters, photos and pen case and two discs.

War Diary:-
Englebelmer 4th May map 57D (SE) LENS - Battn relieved the 10 Bn LANC Fusiliers in the Mesnil Sector. Relief complete 3 am on 5th. A and D Coys held the outpost line with B and C Coys in Support.

Casualties according to CWGC were 5 men.

photo: Rodney Gibson

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thomas Sutton is buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, grave 2:K:3

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