BAUSOR, Thomas Paul

2nd Lieutenant, Thomas Paul BAUSOR
Aged 30

9th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry
attached to 7th Battalion (att Trench Mortar Battery)
formerly 2152, Private, 1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday, 6th April 1916

Thomas Paul Bausor was born in Ticehurst, Sussex on 19th April 1886 (Ticehurst Q2-1886 2B:112), baptised on 25th October in Soham , son of Paul and Mary Ellen BAUSOR (née FOX).

1891 census...Aged 4, he was at New Market Place, Wirksworth, Derbyshire with his widowed grandmother Elizabeth FOX [64] born Tansley. His parents, Paul BAUSOR [39] estate clerk of works, born Chelmsford; mother Mary Ellen [39] born Wirksworth, Derbyshire; sister Gertrude E [3] and brother William John [1], both born in Shrewsbury, were all at Monkmoor Street, Shrewsbury.

1901 census...Aged 14 a pupil to architect, he was at 46 Mawson Road, Cambridge with his father Paul BAUSOR [49] architect/surveyor born Chelmsford; his mother Mary E.[49] born Wirksworth, Derbyshire; sisters Gertrude E [13] born Shrewsbury and Winifred [8] born Scofton, Notts and brother William G [11] born Shrewsbury

1911 census...Aged 24, an architect's assistant, he was boarding with Frederick and Polly Crane at 18 Howard Street, Wakefield.

He married Gwendoline Kate MORGAN ( of Hereford), in Bedford Register Office on 22nd May 1915(Q2-1915 3B:963). His name is on the memorial, albeit as BausEr, but so far no connection with Fordham has been made. Educated at Perse School and Cambridge University he was living in East Cambs for some time though.
From his Army Officers records, National Archives, it appears that he held a diploma as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects and at the time of his nomination for a commission had a permanent address at County Hall, Wakefield but was currently with 1st Herefordshire Regiment in Cambridge, which he had joined on 5th September 1914 in Hereford. He was architect for small holdings to the County Council of the West Riding of Yorkshire. His widow's address at the time of his death was 92 Widemarsh Street, Hereford, later it was Barton Road, Hereford.

Enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment, in Hereford on 5th September 1914 giving his age as 28 years 112 days, an architect, chest 33.5" to 36"(85.1 to 91.4), 5 feet 7 inches (170.2) tall. He was commissioned in the Shropshire Light Infantry on 12th May 1915. Although CWGC have him in the 9th Battalion, that battalion never served overseas. The 1st, 6th and 7th battalions were involved around Ypres in April 1916. In fact his medal index card does state 7th Battalion, attached to Trench Mortar Battery.
He was buried at St Eloi 2.75 miles south of Ypres, but as his name is now on the Menin Gate in Ypres, his grave must have been destroyed in later battles. His widow was concerned to recover his leather photo case, leather pocket case, silver cigarette case with initials, two watches, one a gunmetal stop watch, the other a luminous wrist watch and a luminous compass. It appears his corporal had been sent to get them but they had been removed, but his kit had been packed for transmission to Messrs Cox & Co. There was no documentation that she ever received them.

The war diary :-
6th April -Ypres Salient - 10 am - "Dull cold day, wind ENE. Gas alert. Enemy quiet during the night. About 10 am he commenced shelling near trench B.22. Silenced by our artillery retaliation. At 3:30 pm he began again, also with trench mortars on E23 and D22. A certain amount of damage done to parapet. Retaliation by howitzers effective. Quiet night. damage done during the day repaired. 3 killed 3 wounded"

CWGC have one man from each battalion killed that day

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thomas Bausor is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres panels 47-49
and on the Roll of Honour at Perse School, Cambridge and the Guildhall, Cambridge

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details