WW1 Casualty: Private 3369 Thomas Edgar Rufford Cundill -
Private 3369 Thomas Edgar Rufford Cundill
© Prescot Reporter
||1st/5th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment
|Date of Death
||Age at Death
The family lived at 4, Mick Road, Ditton and comprised Thomas Cundill, 44, a Street Pavior, his wife Maria, 46, and their seven year old son Thomas.
1911 Census -
51 Moss Street was the home of Thomas Cundill, a 55 year old Pavior with the Urban District Council, his wife of 30 years, Maria, and their 17 year old son Thomas Edgar, a labourer at the Wire Works
||Birth registered Q4/1893, Prescot, 8b, 681
|SDGW – Where Born
||St Helens, Lancs
||Killed In Action
||Theatre of War
||France & Flanders
||Brother of James Cundill
Appears to have served under mother's maiden name of RUFFORD.
Although there is a discrepancy between the parents’ ages in 1901 (as shown here) and 1891 (as shown for James Cundill), they are the same couple.
Private Rufford is remembered on the BICC Memorial. August 1915 "Link". “Pte Rufford met his fate just two weeks after landing in France.”
|Research Ref. No.
Thomas Cundill arrived in France on 28th June 1915 as part of the reinforcements to the 5th Battalion. At that time, the battalion was in support lines on the Yser.
After 25th May, there were no more serious offensive actions from either side as all parties were exhausted, although the battalion remained in the front line until 1st June. Despite the lack of major offensives, there were constant minor engagements between the two sides as they both sought to gain slightly more favourable positions, but generally speaking, all lines remained intact.
It will have been during this war of trench raids and patrols that Thomas Cundill was killed. His body was never identified and he is remembered on the Menin Gate.
Prescot Reporter 14th September 1917.
Thomas Rufford Cundill’s Medal Index Card. His arrival in France on 28th June 1915 entitled him to the 1914-1915 Star in addition to his British War Medal and Victory Medal
Thomas Cundill’s inscription on the Menin Gate, showing that he served and died under his mother’s maiden name