Date of birth: 1889
Parents: Thomas Edward and Maria Andrews
At the time of Thomas’s baptism, on February 2nd 1890, his parents were living at 37 Parkes Street and his father, Thomas Edward, was registered as an attendant at Warwick Asylum. At the time of the 1901 Census, Thomas was living with his father and two younger brothers (Donald, 9 and Charles, 6) in his Aunt Margaret’s house at 32 Lower Cape. His aunt was registered as a Laundress on her own account, from home.
At the time of the 1911 census, Margaret was still at Lower cape. Thomas was a soldier in India
Suzanne Knowles writes:
‘I never knew of the existence of my grandfather’s brother. The family never mentioned him. Then I saw the name T. W. Andrews on the Warwick War Memorial. As my grandfather was an Andrews I wondered if there was a connection. I contacted the War Graves Commission and their records showed he was my grandfather’s brother and was killed in Action at Meteren, on the French/Belgian border. The Great War started in August, so he did not survive it very long.
He was my great uncle, so I went to Meteren to see his grave.
Meteren is a small town with Victorian houses, like those on the Cape, Warwick, where he was born. Perhaps this gave him some comfort. The War Cemetery is part of the Town Cemetery and very well maintained. Thomas has his own grave and headstone.
We left a few tears and some roses, with a photo of his great-nephew, Thomas William Knowles, who, unbeknowingly was given his names.
We promised that now we had found him, we would never forget.’
Application for Thomas to be included on the Warwick War Memorial:
Rank & Number: Private, 1101
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 10th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of death: Tuesday, October 13, 1914
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of Messines
Commemorated/Buried: Meteren Military Cemetery, Nord
Awards: 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: Westgate School
At the time of the 1911 census, Thomas was listed on the census return for the military personnel serving in Ceylon and India.
- Suzanne Knowles
- Warwick Advertiser excerpt and Shrine Application courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group