CFHS code : AG110

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : The Cambridgeshire Regt 3397 Private T BARTON Cambridgeshire Regiment 6th December 1916 age 27

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202789, 0.13690919 – click here for location

Thomas Barton headstone
Thomas Barton headstone

Monument
This Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is located halfway along the path that leads from the western path to the centre circle, three graves to the south side of that path.

Inscription
[regimental badge]
‘3397 Private T. Barton
Cambridgeshire Regiment
6th December 1916 age 27’

[cross]

“He is not dead
He lives for ever
in the memory of all of us”

Thomas Barton (1889-1916)

Private (3397) in ‘B’ Company, the 1st Battalion the Cambridgeshire Regiment, died on 6 December 1916, aged 27, of wounds sustained in action. He is also commemorated on the Cambridge Guildhall War Memorial.

Thomas was born in 1889 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He was the youngest of four children born to George Barton and Elizabeth Jane Barton (née Fordham). His father was a boot maker. The family grew up in Vinery Road (Romsey Town) and then 214 Mill Road where George Barton worked from home. On the night of the 1911 census Thomas was a visitor in the household of the Richardson family at 78 Walnut Tree Avenue, Newmarket Road, Cambridge. At that time he was working as a kitchen porter for a College as was Sidney Frank Richardson, the son of the household. Thomas went on to marry Gertrude Ellen Richardson, who was Sidney’s younger sister, in 1913 in Cambridge. The couple lived at 145 Stanley Road, Cambridge.

Thomas enlisted in Cambridge as Private (3397) in B Company, the 1st Battalion, the Cambridgeshire Regiment. He died of wounds on 6 December 1916 in Devonport Military Hospital, Plymouth, Devon, and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 9 December. Thomas was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. He is commemorated on the Cambridge Guildhall War Memorial.

[If you know anything further about the life or career of this man, please contact us at friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeGuildhall-WW1-B.html
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
BMD
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar 1858 – 1966
UK, Soldiers died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
Records of St Andrew’s Parish Church, Cambridge

By Ian Bent, Emma Easterbrook and Mary Naylor

 

Thomas Barton