Thomas Durrant



Village memories: View from Heath End (picture from SWOP website)

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PRIVATE 17143 2ND BATTALION HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT
DIED ON 06TH AUGUST 1915 AGED 37YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR HELLES MEMORIAL, TURKEY
GRAVE REF PANEL 125-134 223-4 228-9 & 328

Thomas Durrant was born in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire in 1878 son of Thomas & Eliza. In 1881 they were living at Charcoal Bottom, Little Marlow. By 1891 Thomas had three siblings, William, Elizabeth and Robert. Their father was listed as a paper mill worker.
In 1901 Thomas now had another sister, Elsie aged 5yrs. He was now 22yrs old. He and his brother William were labourers. They were living at Heath End. On this Census the family are neighbours of John & Anne Why whose son William also died in WW1.
Ten years later the 1911 Census shows that the parents had been married for 35yrs and had had 10 children of whom 5 were still living and 5 had died. Thomas is still at home and is a labourer. His brother Robert is a “board maker”.
Thomas enlisted at Oxford. He saw action with the Hampshire Regiment in the Dardenelles where the Gallipoli Campaign took place. This 8 mth Campaign was aimed at relieving the deadlock in France and Belgium by forcing the Turks out of the war and opening a supply route to Russia through the Dardenelles and the Black Sea. The landings were at Sulva at the beginning of August 1915 . The first ships reached the area on August 6th 1915 and this is when Thomas was killed.
Thomas had previous service with the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, service no 9809.
On the SDGW website his surname is spelt as Durraut which is probably a typing error.

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