Manor Farm near Kingsbury Episcopi

Thomas G. Pocock


Thomas Pocock | Kingsbury Time Travellers | Photo of Local Soldier WW1 Manor Farm near Kingsbury Episcopi

Rank, service number and regiment

2nd Lieutenant 4th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

Enlisted

The precise date when Thomas enlisted is unknown, but it is likely to be in the autumn of 1914.

Home address

The Manor Farm, now Manor House, K.E.

Date of death

3 April 1915

Age of death

26 years

Circumstances of death

The 4th Battalion were on their way to relieve front-line soldiers in the Battle of Neuve Chappelle 10 – 13 March 1915. On 11 March 1915, the Battalion were billeted at Richebourg St Vaaste, where they were shelled heavily by the Germans. This resulted in Thomas receiving serious wounds. He was taken behind the lines to a hospital at Rouen and died of his wounds on 3 April 1915.

Where buried

Officers plot A I 12 St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France.

Date of birth & full name

September 9th 1888, Hong Kong. THOMAS GUY POCOCK

Occupation

Tutor

Parents

Thomas Guy Pocock’s father was also called Thomas Guy Pocock, a Master Mariner, who was killed in Hong Kong by Chinese pirates on 8 December 1890. His mother was Susan Pocock (nee England) of K.E.. Her father Henry England was a farmer of 430 acres in K.E. employing 12 men and 9 boys. Susan died 6 August 1930.

Spouse & children

Thomas was unmarried

Awards

1915 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Other information

Thomas had 3 sisters:
Rachel Traves Pocock 1886 – 1938
Marjorie England Pocock 1887 – 1959
Phyllis Mary Pocock 1890 – 1963
The 1901 census shows Susan Pocock and Thomas were living in Sydenham Hill, Camberwell with Mary Martha, one of Susan’s sisters.
In 1904/5 Thomas was head chorister at New College School, Oxford. By 1911, he was employed as a tutor, while living at The Court, Chew Magna. This was the home of his aunt, his mother’s sister, Sara Ann who was married to Edward Netherton Harward.
The 1911 census shows Susan Pocock was living with her mother Susannah Kiddle England at The Manor Farm, K.E..
In the autumn of 1911, Thomas went to New College, Oxford University. The photo above shows him in a cross-country race on Christmas Day 1912, hands on hips.
He would have completed his degree by the summer of 1914. War broke out in August of that year, and it seems that he enlisted almost immediately, for his battalion was in France by March 1915. He was killed in France in April 1915.
His family gave a stained glass window of St.Martin, a Roman soldier, to St.Martin’s Church, in Thomas’s memory – see photo below.