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jasperThomas Jasper was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of William and Elizabeth Jasper. On the 1901 census, the family are at 318 Hordern Road, and Thomas (affectionately known as “Tom”) and his parents appear together with his sisters Annie and Lucy C., and his brothers Arthur and William H. Thomas was taught at St Andrew’s School and later became a member of St Andrew’s Church Institute and a sergeant in St Andrew’s Church Lads’ Brigade. He served for a number of years as an assistant in the office of Samuel Bowers, the secretary to the West Wolverhampton Conservative and Unionist Association, and was one of the local organisers in the two General Elections of 1910.

When war broke out, he joined the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment as a Sergeant (number 2648). When he came home on leave in September 1915, he brought several German trophies with him. A fortnight later, on 13 October 1915, he was killed in action while leading his platoon. By this date his parents’ address was 24 Walpole Street.

Thomas became one of the “brave men of Whitmore Reans” who were commemorated in a memorial service held at St Andrew’s Church, as reported in the Express & Star on 25 October 1915. His name was listed in the Wolverhampton Chronicle on 20 October 1915, as a local man who had been killed. Finally, a piece on him also appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 6 January 1917. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, as well as on the Roll of Honour in the Lady Chapel at St Peter’s Church.