Our People - Thomas Winder Haydock
16 March 1918
DEAL 3041 (S) Private Thomas Winder Haydock
Royal Marines Medical Unit, Royal Naval Division
Died of disease 16 March 1918
Farington (St. Paul) Churchyard, Lancashire, UK. North of Church.
Son of Robert and the late Elizabeth Ellen Haydock; husband of Frances Lillian Haydock, of East Street, Farrington, Preston.
INSCRIPTION: "ALSO WIFE FRANCES LILLIAN MARCH 1919 AGE 30 ALSO DAUGHTER LAURA ALICE ELLEN FEBRUARY 1916 AGE 5"
Thomas Winder Haydock was born on 25 November 1887 to Robert and Elizabeth Ellen Haydock of Starkie Street Leyland. Robert is shown as a farm labourer in the parish register. Thomas was baptized at St. Andrews, Leyland 8 January 1888.
In 1891 the family were living at their grocery shop at 17 Starkie Street, Leyland. Robert was now described as a master grocer and was 43 years of age and was born in Leyland. His wife Elizabeth Haydock was 41 and was born in Oakenclough. They had five daughters and five sons at home with them – Margaret E, 20, who was a silk and cotton winder, John E, 18, a silk and cotton weaver, Sarah E, 16, a silk and cotton weaver, Catherine, 12, a silk and cotton weaver, Jane, 10, a scholar, Mary A, 7, a scholar, James, 5, a scholar and Robert, 4, Thomas W, 3, and Oswald who was 3 months of age.
By 1901 the family lived at 23 Turpin Green Lane. Robert was now described as a general labourer again and his wife Elizabeth had taken over the shop-keeping duties. Eight of their ten children were still at home – John E, 28, a general labourer, Catherine, 22, Jane, 19, a cotton winder, Mary A, 17, a cotton winder, James, 15, a labourer at rubber works, Robert, 14, a labourer at rubber works, Thomas W, 13, a cotton winder, and Oswald who was 10 years of age. Elizabeth Winder, Elizabeths mother, 75, was also living with the family.
In 1911 Thomas was living at 34 East Street, Farington with his father in law, Joe Reed who was 47 and working as a domestic coachman. He was a widower living with his two daughters, Frances Lilian, 23, a cotton weaver (Thomas’s wife), Elizabeth Ellen, 19, a cotton weaver, and his son Egbert Sidney, 19, a cotton warehouseman. Thomas was 23 and was a silk weaver. Their daughter Laura Ellen Haydock, 1, was also with the family.
Thomas enlisted with the Royal Marines aged 27 years and 20 days on 15 December 1914 at Manchester and embarked 3rd (RN) Field Ambulance Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF). He was described as being 5 feet 6 and three quarter inches tall with a fresh complexion and brown eyes and brown hair. 1 March 1915 to 1 December 1915 transferred to re-organised 2nd (RN) Field Ambulance, 16 May 1916 posted to 3rd (RN) Field Ambulance, 5 August 1916 posted to Base Depot Etaples, 28 December 1916 posted to 2nd (RN) Field Ambulance, 3 February 1917 Nephritis, Invalided to UK 20 February 1917; Discharged Invalided 13 July 1917 for “Nephritis.” Issued Silver War Badge No. RN13833.
He died at home on 16 March 1918 at 34 East Street, Farington after he had been discharged from the service. The cause of death is described as Bright’s Disease (a disease of the kidney usually called acute or chronic nephritis in modern medicine) and Uraemia (the terminal clinical manifestation of kidney failure). The informant was his wife Frances Lillian Haydock who was present at his death. Frances died about a year later and their child, Laura Alice Haydock had predeceased them in 1916. A Mr N. Hargreaves of 21 Turpin Green Lane, Leyland wrote a letter on behalf of Thomas’ father Robert of Bent Bridge, Leyland dated 5 May 1919 confirming that Frances and her child were deceased and asked that the War Gratuity be awarded to him. The payment was eventually awarded to Mr. Joe Reed, Frances’ father of 34 East Street Farington on 23 April 1921. Thomas was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
In From the Cold
Thomas was initially remembered on the Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial, described as follows by the Commonwealth War Graves Commision (CWGC): "The Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial is a memorial to the missing and commemorates casualties with no known grave. The majority of the casualties commemorated by this memorial are servicemen and women from the land forces of the United Kingdom, who subsequently died in the care of their families. They were not commemorated by the Commission at the time but, through the efforts of relatives and research groups, including the “In From The Cold” Project, these casualties have since been found. There are still many cases to be resolved and the memorial therefore allows for further names to be added."
A CWGC headstone was later erected over his burial place at St. Pauls in Farington. Les Gregson recalls: "Because he died at home in Farington on 16 March 1918 he was not regarded as a war casualty until a campaign to get such people recognised was successful a few years ago. As a result of this I recently managed to get a military headstone effected on his grave in Farington, St Paul's."
Thomas Winder Haydock when a young boy
Image courtesy of Les Gregson
The Commonwealth War Grave of Thomas WInder Haydock in the churchyard of St.Paul's, Farington