The envelope that contained Thomas’s Commemorative Plaque (‘The Death Penny’) addressed to his father.
Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion and Vivien
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Northop Hall
Name / Enw: Thomas Latham
Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Corporal 23399
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: V.M.4
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium.
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed at Ypres 12th May 1917 aged 22yrs
There is a card for Thomas in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in the County Archive Office in Hawarden. It gives the address as New Brighton Row, Northop Hall and says he served for 2 years and 3 months. He was killed at Ypres.
The census of 1901 places him with his family in a cottage on Wepre Lane Connah’s Quay. The family comprised of Sarah E Latham 40, the mother of James 13, Margaret 11, John 9 and Thomas E 6. (the father, head of the household was not recorded).
The 1911 census finds the family in Northop Hall. This form was completed by Joseph Latham 55, the head of the household and father. He was a collier hewer. His wife of 27 years, Sarah was 48 and the mother of Daniel 23 a collier filler, Margaret 20, John 18 a bricksetter’s labourer and Thomas 15 a pit boy on top of colliery. Harold Stokes a grandson aged 3 was also present.
UK soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk gives us the regimental details as above and tells us that he enlisted in Mold Flintshire and was Killed in action. His medal card, also on Ancestry lists his medals and adds that his first Theatre of war was France and he entered it on the 3rd of December 1915.
The Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for Thomas. It states that Thomas’s father Joseph received two payments. The first was £5..3sh ..10d and the second – his War Gratuity was £9 ..10sh
Many thanks to Sandi Callaway (nee Latham) for sharing the images of the medals, plaque, news cutting and portrait. He was her Great Uncle Tommy.