No.26347, Private, Thomas Edward CALVER
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Thomas Edward Calver was born in Ixworth on 29th December 1892 (1st qtr 1893 Thingoe 4a:788) son of Thomas and Eliza CALVER (née PAYNE).
1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Wyken Lodge, Bardwell with his father Thomas CALVER  farm labourer born Honington; his mother Eliza  born Ixworth; brothers Robert  and Sidney  both farm labourers born Ixworth, Harry  born Ixworth, Arthur  born Fakenham; sisters Florrie  born Ixworth, Emma  born Bardwell, Lily  born Honnington, Bessie  and Alice  both born Bardwell.
On 21st October 1902 Thomas, Arthur and Emma were admitted to Stanton School
1911 census...Aged 18, farm labourer, he was boarding with Frederick and Eliza ROGERS at The Fen, Grimstone End, Pakenham. His father was at Hungry Hall, Ixworth with his brothers Arthur and Percy; sisters Bessie, Alice, Winifred  born Stanton, niece Florence  born in Stanton. His mother had died in 1904 and in 1906 father married Anna TIPPLE  born Stanton.
On a pension card he is entered together with Albert STEGGLES with mother ? Margaret STEGGLES of 5 Noble Street, Great Horton, Bradford. CWGC have his father at Brewster's Farm, Ixworth. A puzzle yet to be solved. Margaret Steggles was definitely not his mother, Anna Calver his stepmother was still alive in 1939.
He attested on 4 November 1915 at Bradford, initially 16319, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, but moved to Machine Gun Corps. He gave his age as 22
years 311 days, an assistant shunter of 3 Lucy Street, Princethorpe,
Warwick. He was 5 feet 6.5 inches tall, weighed 140 lbs, chest 35 to 37.5 inches.|
He went to BEF via Folkestone-Boulogne on 17th July 1916, joined base depot at Camiers on 18th. He transferred from 5 Coy to 99th Coy on 14 August 1916. In June 1917 he had several trips to hospital in France
Army form 5080 has mother dead, father at Hill House, Pakenham, brothers Harry  Stanton Ixworth, Arthur  in London and Percy  in Pakenham; his sisters Emily , Lily  and Bessie  were all in London.
He was home on 14 days leave and was admitted to Bradford War Hospital on 2nd November and died there on 7th from influenza and pneumonia.
His name is entered on the screen wall, but The Grave Registration Report shows that his grave was classed as a Private Grave, and that it was marked by a Military Wooden Memorial. The grave location number was 2085C.
His documents are badly burnt, this is all that is clear. His medal card could not be found on Ancestry but National Archives have it.
and also commemorated at Ixworth.
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