Thomas William Allwright, Private, 18th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, Regimental Number PW/3088, was killed in action on 20th July 1916. He is commemorated on St. John’s Church War Memorial at Wolverhampton, and on the Thiepval Memorial Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 shows his Regiment as the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment.
His Military records show he was a widower, age 33 at the date of his death, and had lived at 3 King Edwards Row, 13 Pountney Street, Wolverhampton. His occupation was Brass worker, he was 5ft 8¾ inches tall, weighed 166 lbs, and had 3 tattoos on his right arm. He had enlisted at Bilston on 24th May 1915, when his Short Service Attestation Form showed that he was enlisting in the South Staffordshire Regiment, but this was crossed out and replaced with Middlesex Regiment. He was in the 19th and then the 25th prior to the 18th Battalion. His young daughter Sarah Ellen had been born 7th November 1904, so his sister Mrs SE Andrews, known as Nellie, was listed as his next of kin. The Military History Sheet in his military records shows his military service lasted 1 year and 58 days, of which 172 days were at Home, and 251 days with the BEF in France. His decorations are recorded as British War Medals 1914-1919 and the 1914-15 Star.
On 27th February 1917, 5s a week Guardian Allowance was awarded. On 12th September 1917 Staff Captain RE Field, on behalf of the Director of Organisation at the War Office, sent instructions in the form of a memo to the Officer in Charge of Military Records that any decorations awarded to Thomas William Allwright “should be forwarded to Mrs SE Andrews to be retained by her until the deceased’s daughter is of an age to appreciate their value when they should be handed over to her.” The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1912 for Thomas William Allwright shows a payment of £4 7s 4d on 29.12.1916 to Sarah E Andrews, and £4 on 13.12.1919 to “Daughter + Note regarding Sarah E.”
On Page 171 of the parish records of St John Wolverhampton, the baptism is recorded of Thomas William there on July 5th 1852, when his father, also Thomas William Allwright, was a blacksmith living at 10 Poutney Street with his wife Thomas William’s mother Rosina.
The marriage of Thomas W Allwright to Sarah Ann Walker was registered at Wolverhampton in the 2nd quarter of 1904, although there is an entry on the Army Form “Descriptive Report on Enlistment” showing marriage to Sarah Ellen at St Johns 2.4.99, but this is crossed through. On the 1911 census Thomas W is recorded age 30, living at 3 King Edwards Row Poutney Street with his wife “Sahar” age 27 and daughter Ellen age 7. The census form also records 2 children of the marriage, and one surviving. Both parents were Polishers by Occupation, Thomas in the Brass trade and his wife in the Cycle trade. Sarah A. Allwright’s death was registered at Wolverhampton in the second quarter of 1914.