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WW1 Casualty: Private 533017 Thomas Beaconsfield Cowherd -

Private 533017 Thomas Beaconsfield Cowherd



Unit/Regiment 15th (County of London) Bn., (PWO Civil Service Rifles), London Regiment
Date of Death 06/12/1917 Age at Death 29
Burial/Memorial
& Reference
Cambrai Memorial
Panel 12
CWGC Family Details (if shown) Son of John and Elizabeth Janet Cowherd, of Broadwater Rd., Tottenham, London
Census Details 1901 Census -

Thomas was aged 12 and lived at 30, Foyles Road, Tottenham. His father was John, a 40 year old accountant with Tottenham Urban District Council and his mother was Elizabeth, aged 42. Also present were siblings Agnes (11), Arthur (7), Sidney (4) and Ellen (1).

Thomas’ father, John Cowherd, was a native of Prescot. The 1881 census shows him to be a Solicitor’s General Clerk at the age of 20, and his father (also Thomas) had been a Rate Collector for the Local Municipal Authority. The family lived at the time at 16, Derby Street, Prescot.

1911 Census -
John Cowherd (50) and his wife Elizabeth (52) lived at 90, Broadwater Road, Tottenham. They had been married for 23 years and had 5 children. Thomas (22) and Agnes (21) (both of whom had been born in Prescot) were both School Teachers, Arthur (17) was a Correspondence Clerk with a Ship Owner, Sidney (14) and Helen (11) were all at school.
Birth/Marriage/Death Registrations Birth Registered Q3/1888, Prescot, 8b, 615
SDGW – Where Born Prescot, Lancs
Enlisted Tottenham
How Died Killed In Action Theatre of War France & Flanders
Research Ref. No. P062

Service Details

Thomas' father, John Cowherd, was a native of Prescot. The first mention I could find of John Cowherd was in this newspaper extract from 1874.



The 1881 census shows him to be a Solicitor's General Clerk at the age of 20, and his father (also Thomas) had been a Rate Collector for the Local Municipal Authority. The family lived at the time at 16, Derby Street, Prescot.

Thomas Beaconsfield Cowherd, was born in Prescot in 1888 and was baptised at St Mary's Church on 10th June 1888. On 16th February 1890, Thomas' younger sister, Agnes Bessie, was baptised at St Mary's Church in Prescot, but the family had already moved to London by the time of the 1891 census.



Thomas went to France with the 15th Battalion of the London Regiment on 6th June 1916. At that time, his service number was 6069 but in the Territorial Force renumbering of February 1917, he was allocated number 533017.



The Register of Soldiers Effect lists Thomas's father, John, as next of kin





Thomas Cowherd's Medal Index Card, shooing his entitlement to the British War Medal and Victory Medal





Thomas Cowherd's inscription on the Cambrai Memorial



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