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Thomas Doble Collier

Thomas with his wife Katurah and son Leslie (photo courtesy of Ross Clarke)


Name: Thomas Doble Collier

Rank: Private

Service Number: 36311

Regiment: Worcestershire Regiment

Battalion/Unit number: 2nd Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1888

Place of Residence: 66 Wood Street

Place of Birth: Unknown

Date of Death: 23rd April 1917

Place of Death: Wancourt/Vis-en-Artois (east of Arras), Northern France

Burial/Memorial: St Leger British Cemetery, France

Thomas Collier was the son of Robert Collier and Caroline Doble.  Thomas was the seventh of nine children (four boys and five girls).  In 1891 Robert was working as a railway labourer but had died by the time of the 1901 census, leaving Caroline as a widow working as a general nurse.  At that point the family was living at Rose Cottage, Sunnybank, Rowbarton with Thomas and the two youngest girls, plus three boarders aged 7, 5 and 3.

In 1909, aged 21, Thomas married 19 year old Katurah Wilmington.  In the 1901 census Katurah was a servant in the home of Andrew Gray, the manager of the paper mill at Creech St Michael.  In 1910 they had a son, Leslie Charles.  In 1911 they are listed as living in Yarde Place, Wood Street, with Thomas working as a store labourer and Katurah as a shirt maker.

As part of the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, Thomas would have been attached to 100th Brigade of the 33rd Division serving on the Western Front.  The 33rd Division took part in the Arras Offensive, which included the Second battle of the Scarpe on 23rd April 1917.  It was during this battle, when the British launched an attack from Wancourt to Vis-en-Artois, that Thomas was killed in action.


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