Thomas William Beddington

South Wales Borderers

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Unit/Regiment South Wales Borderers
Battalion 6th
Rank Private
Service Number 17098
Theatre of War first served in (1) France
Date of entry therein 24/09/1915
Age at Death 26
Date of Death 03/11/1918
Burial/Memorial Les Baraques Military Cemetery
CWGC Family Details
Born Wolverhampton, Staffs
Enlisted Newport, Mon
Resided Newport, Mon
How Died Died
Theatre of War Western European Theatr
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Thomas William Beddington's Story

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Thomas William Beddington was born in Wolverhampton in 1892 to William and Lydia (nee Page) Beddington. Thomas William is listed as William on the 1911 census, the census shows that there were 7 children, three of whom had died before 1911.

Thomas William’s father, who was also called William, and his brother Richard all worked at the Orb. The family resided at 24, Magor Street Newport, although they would later move to 46, Hamilton Street. In 1914 he was married Lillian Wilkinson.


Thomas William joined up in mid-1915. He joined the 6th South Wales Borderers and became Private Beddington 17098 and found himself at Le Havre, France on 24th September 1915. Richard, Thomas’ brother followed to France one day later with the 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers.

Thomas saw some fierce fighting, the 6th Battalion were involved in the Battle of Somme and fought around Leipzig Salient and Ploegstreert, the Battles of Messines and Lys finally ending up around Aisne just before Armistice.

Thomas died of Flu on 3rd November 1918 at 6.30pm in the English general hospital and was buried at Les Baraques Military Hospital Cemetery, Sangatte. His widow Lillian received £24.10/- the sum included a£5.00 war gratuity. His brother Richard survived the war.