Thomas Naseby

Earlier this month I was provided with contact details of Julia Davies, the grand-daughter of  Thomas Naseby with the offer to help with the 100 Heroes project.   I am enormously grateful to her for providing a wealth of information plus a number of photographs which added greatly to my earlier research. JB November 2016

Thomas Naseby

Thomas was born on 1st April, 1883 in Bromley by Bow.   His father was Henry Naseby and his mother Emily Naseby (nee Pratt)   At that time, according to Thomas’s birth certificate, his father was a signalman.   He was baptised on 9/9/1883 in West Haddon.   His place of abode was shown as Bow, London.   The West Haddon Record of Baptisms also has entries for  Thomas’s siblings, Ada Isabella, baptised on 27/6/1875, her place of abode St Pancras, Harriett baptised on 16/9/1877, place of abode St Pancras, Fred baptised on 28/9/1879, aged 21 months, place of abode was shown as West Haddon, and George baptised on 3/7/1881, abode shown as Church of Bow.

The parents of the children are shown as Henry Naseby, an engine man, later a railway driver, and Sarah Emily Naseby.   West Haddon Parish Records show Henry, born to Mary Naseby, having been baptised on 5/4/1848.   His brothers and sisters, all from West Haddon, were Charles, Caroline, Harriett and James.

Mary, Thomas’s mother, was a lace maker.   She was the daughter of William and Charlotte Naseby (nee Wood).   Thomas’s grandfather William was born in 1786 and was a linen weaver.
The 1891 Census for the Parish of Bow, Bow and Bromley shows the following entry for a Naseby family living at 48 Dace(?) Road. The Head of the Household is shown as Henry Naseby, aged 41 (?), a widower, and born in West Haddon, working as a labourer.   Also living at Dace Road  were  Henry’s five sons; Harry aged 17, Fred aged 13, George aged 11, Thomas aged 8 and Walter aged 2 months.   Also living in the home were his three daughters; Ada aged 15, Harriett aged 14, Gerty aged 4 and a nurse Maria Dugard, a widow aged 62.

The record of deaths registered between the months of January to March 1891 shows the death of Thomas’s mother Sarah Emily Naseby,  in Poplar, aged 38   (1c 440)   She had died of ‘phthisis’ which Google advises is “any disease causing a wasting away of any part of the body, especially tuberculosis; consumption”.

After Sarah’s death his father Henry remarried a widow with a small disabled child.   He died in 1894, also from phthisis.   Following his death his widow struggled caring for the younger children and Thomas and his brother Walter were put in the care of Dr Barnardo’s.   Sadly Walter died at a young age but Thomas seems to have prospered, learning a trade which meant eventually he could take the job of a printer with the support of his older sister, Ada, and her husband.   In February 1900 he left Barnardo’s and took up a job

The 1901 Census shows Thomas Naseby, aged 17, born London Bow, employed as a printer’s machine minder, living with his brother Samuel J Mills (?) aged 30 (?).

The 1911 Census shows the following entry for Thomas Naseby living at 24 Elizabeth Road, Upton Park, London: Thomas Naseby, Head, aged 28, a printer’s machine minder, born Bow, London; and Elizabeth Naseby, his wife aged 29.

Thomas Naseby was killed in action on the France and Flanders Field in the Western European Theatre on 8th October, 1917.   His regimental number was 34004 and he was a Private with the 1st 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment having formerly been 202006 of the East Kent Regiment.

Elizabeth, widow of Thomas was left with two small children. They moved from London with her parents and all lived together in Leigh on Sea in Essex

Julia his grand-daughter has visited Tyne Cot cemetery and seen his name among the thousands of others whose bodies had not been found.

Name Rank Service Number Date of Death Age Regiment/Service Service Country Grave/Memorial Reference Cemetery/ Memorial Name
NASEBY, THOMAS Private 34004 08/10/1917 34 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom Panel 23 to 28 and 163A. TYNE COT MEMORIAL


Thomas Naseby - Barnados[2]
A Hundred Heroes Thomas Naseby Wedding Photograph
(left) Thomas Naseby as a Barnardo’s boy, and Thomas Naseby’s wedding photograph

The West Haddon Burials records show the burial of a Mary Naseby on 22/10/1897 aged 84,  the grandmother of Thomas.

The mystery of which of the two are named on the Roll of Honour deepens further and remains unresolved in that Thomas Naseby, born Bow, London, but baptised in West Haddon was killed in action on the France and Flanders Field..   If this is the Thomas Naseby named on the Roll of Honour, and I BELIEVE IT UNLIKELY as he had had very little connection to West Haddon, then I believe he would have been shown as on the Roll of honour as “Killed In Action”

On the balance of probabilities I would therefore opt for the person shown as Thomas Naseby on the Roll of Honour to be Tom Naseby born to George and Jane and shown in the 1901 Census as living in Avenue House, West Haddon

Jim Blakey, November 2016