The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private T M Croft


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Private Thomas Millar CROFT, G/21081, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 11th September 1916.

Born Edinburgh, Midlothian.

Step Father - Mr H C Bloyce, 9 De Burgh Hill, Dover, Kent.

Mother - Emma Bloyce, 125 Dale Street, South Shields; Brothers - Robert Bloyce, 125 Dale Street, South Shields; George Bloyce, Royal Hibernian Military School; Charles Bloyce, Earlswood Asylum, Surrey / 4 St Catherines Place, Bridge Street, Dover.


1911 Census - H.M. Gunwharf, 3rd Company Army Ordnance Corps, Point Barracks, Broad Street, Portsmouth - Croft Thomas Miller, age 18, single, Private, Army, born Edinburgh, Midlothian.


Enlisted London, Middlesex, age 14, height 4ft 11½ inches, weight 84lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.  Resided Dover, Kent. Formerly meader.

Home 21st February 1907 to 29th January 1912; South Africa, 30th January 1912 to 21st September 1914; Home 22nd September 1914 to 26th September 1914; BEF 27th September 1914 to 11th September 1916.

15th February 1907, War Office memo to Chief Recruiting Officer, London - The boy named in the margin belonging to The Duke of York's Royal Military School having volunteered to serve in the Army Ordnance Corps.

21st February 1907, enlisted as Boy into Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Service No.5955; 3rd May 1907, awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 28th June 1907 to 6th July 1907, Woolwich Hospital, tonsillitis; 4th September 1907, awarded 2nd Class Certificate of Education; 18th January 1908, appointed Bugler; 19th July 1908 to 5th August 1908, Woolwich Hospital, impetigo contagiosa; 28th August 1909 to 30th August 1909, Woolwich Hospital, conjunctivitis; 12th October 1910, reverted to Boy; 21st January 1911, transferred to the ranks on attaining the age of 18 years, 3rd Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps; 28th March 1911, awarded 1st Class Certificate of Education; 15th July 1911, Windsor (in Camp) creating a disturbance in the "Grapes" Public House & improperly dressed about 11.00pm, 5 days confined to Camp; 24th December 1913, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 3rd May 1914, Roberts Heights Transvaal, not complying with an order, reprimanded; 28th May 1914, Roberts Heights Transvaal, improperly dressed on Marching Parade at 8.00am, improperly dressed on Marching Parade at 8.50am,reprimanded; 16th August 1914, Roberts Heights Transvaal, drunk whilst on Departmental Duties, deprived of Lance Corporal stripe; 28th September 1914, embarked; 29th September 1914, disembarked; 7th May 1915, awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.1.; 2nd December 1915, In arrest awaiting Trial; 10th December 1915, tried & convicted by FGCM at Calais for: when on Active Service (1)  1st December 1915, breaking out of Camp (2) 2nd December 1915, breaking out of Camp when under open arrest. Sentenced to 84 days Field Punishment No.1. , 28 days remitted by order of Col. J S Nicholson, Base Commandant Calais; 17th August 1916, compulsorily transferred to 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd September 1916, joined Battalion, "B" Company; 11th September 1916, posted missing; 22nd September 1916, not missing, killed in action

13th October 1919, Statement of Relatives, completed by H C Bloyce, step father, 9 De Burgh Hill, Dover, Kent. - Father, deceased South African War; Mother, deceased 10.9.12?; Brothers - Charles William Croft, age 25, Chartham Asylum, Kent; George Croft, age 23, Army Ordnance Corps, France; Robert Frederick Croft, age 21, Northumberland Fusiliers, South Shields, Durham; Half Brother - * Herbert Charles Bloyce, age 14, No.8. Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery, The Citadel, Plymouth.

15th October 1919, letter from step father HC Bloyce, 9 De Burgh Hill, Dover, Kent - Please not that Charles William Croft is an ?????? in Chartham Asylum, Kent. George Croft is serving in the Army Ordnance Corps last heard of in France. He is an ????Hibernian School Boy. Robert Frederick Croft, was Sergeant in the Northumberland Fusiliers stationed near South Shields, Durham last heard of. He is a transfer from Army Ordnance Corps. He is also an ??? Duke of Yorks School Boy. The mother of Pte Croft Thomas M was the mother of Herbert Charles Bloyce by re-marriage.

15th October 1919, War Office memo to Infantry Records - any medals awarded must be retained pending application when reference should be made to the War Office.

* Bloyce Herbert Charles, Warrant Officer Class II (BSM), 7 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery, died 16th July 1942, age 37, buried Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.

Buried at Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, VII. F. 23., Somme, France.

Resided outside father house Duke of Yorks RM School Chelsea?


London Gazette 30th October 1917.

SOLDIERS' BALANCES UNDISPOSED OF.

In pursuance of "The Regimental Debts Act, 1893," notice is hereby given that there is available for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled the sum of money set opposite to the name of each of the deceased Soldiers named in the lists which are published with this notice in the London Gazette and the "Army List," and are also to be seen at the Regimental Depots throughout the United Kingdom.

Applications from persons supposing themselves entitled as Next of Kin should be addressed by letter to "The Secretary, War Office, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, London, S. W. 7," and marked outside "Effects."

R. H. BRADE. War Office, October 30th, 1917.

List CCCCCVIII of the names of deceased Soldiers whose Personal Estate is held for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled. Effects 1916-1917.

Croft, T. M , Private, Royal West Kent Regt.    £2  2s  6d.

London Gazette 25th October 1918.

1st RE PUBLICATION of List List CCCCCVIII. of the names of deceased Soldiers whose Personal Estate is held for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled. - Effects 1916-17.

Croft T M Pte. Royal West Kent Regiment        £1    15s    4d

London Gazette 31st October 1919.

SOLDIERS' BALANCES UNDISPOSED OF

2nd RE PUBLICATION of List List CCCCCVIII. of the names of deceased Soldiers whose Personal Estate is held for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled. - Effects 1916-17.

Croft T M Pte. Royal West Kent Regiment        £13    15s    4d


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