Biography of Private Thomas Benjamin Rhodes (40029)
2nd Battalion
South Staffordshire Regiment
23183 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
40029 1st Battalion South Staffordshire
Died 24th March 1918

Soldier

  • Name: Thomas Benjamin Rhodes
    Date of birth: 1897
    Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
    Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1897
    Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
Father

  • Name: Thomas Rhodes
  • DOB: 1864
  • Place of Birth: Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Post office and army pensioner
Mother

  • Name: Elizabeth Ayre Middleton
  • DOB: 1863
  • Place Of Birth: Dunsby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1889 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Elizabeth Middleton Rhodes, 1890, Bourne
  • Mary Rhodes, 1892, Bourne
  • Florence Jane Rhodes, 1894, Bourne
  • Hilda Rhodes, 1895, Bourne
  • Thomas Benjamin Rhodes, 1897, Bourne
  • Helen Amy Rhodes, 1908, Bourne
Census

  • 1901: Thomas is living with his mother at 69 Woodview, Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: George is living with his parents at 63 Woodview, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 14.
Relatives in services

  • None found
Marriage

  • No marriage for Thomas has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Lincolnshire Echo  Tuesday 13th November 1917
    OFFICIAL LOCAL CASUALTIES
    WOUNDED
    SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
    Rhodes, 40029 Pte. T. B. (Bourne)

 

  • Lincolnshire Echo Thursday 30th May 1918
    OFFICIAL LOCAL CASUALTIES
    MISSING
    SOUTH STAFFORDS.
    Rhodes, 40029 Pte. T. B. (Bourne)

 

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Thomas Benjamin Rhodes, 40029, 2nd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action on 24th March 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects

  • Mother Elizabeth
Medals

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal
Memorials

  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
    Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

 

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Thomas Benjamin Rhodes, 40029, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment who died on 24 March 1918.
    Remembered with honour, Arras Memorial

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Bourne

 

  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed
Sources

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (www.ancestry.co.uk)
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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