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Betty McCann, a volunteer at Wolverhampton City Archives, has carried out research on this man

Thomas Caddick is buried at Bilston Cemetery. The entry on the CWGC website has:- CADDICK THOMAS Private 21647 Worcestershire Regiment Depot. Died at Home 31/08/1918  Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 799. 2. Cemetery: BILSTON CEMETERY. There appears to be a discrepancy in the date of death, and we have drawn this to their attention. CWGC advises us that this matter will be forwarded to their Records Team for review.

The Register of Soldiers Effects has an entry for Thomas Caddick. For Regiment, Rank, No the entry is “Depot Worcs Rgt Pte 21647”. Date and Place of Death is recorded as “Found drowned between 31.8.16 and 5.9.16.” Payments of £1 18s 1d and £6 were made to “Wid Sole leg (ie Widow Sole Legatee) Sarah A” 16.5.17, and 2/12/19.

It appears that Thomas may have been at Gallipoli, as his Medal Index Card shows “Worc. R Private 21647”, Theatre of War first served in “2b Balkans 15.8.1915”, and under Remarks “Drowned”. The National Archives website has a list of Medal Card Abbreviations- 2(b) was Gallipoli (Dardanelles). No records for his military service could be traced.

The birth of a Thomas Caddick which was registered at Wolverhampton in the 1st Quarter of 1887 seems likely to refer to this Thomas Caddick.

The 1891 Census form shows us that Thomas at age 3 was living at 4 Back House John Street Bilston, with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth and his siblings William age 7, Elizabeth age 5, and Mary age 2, and a Boarder, Alice Worton, age 19, a Tin polisher.

The 1901 Census shows Thomas age 14 born at Bradley Bilston Occupation Machine Hand Electrable (sic) Electric Fittings living with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth and siblings Alfred age 10, Albert age 7 Mary age 12 and Berty age 1 at Hatton Street Bilston.

The family lived at 32 Hatton Street Bilston when the 1911 Census was taken, and consisted of Thomas age 52, Puddler, Elizabeth age 50, and children Elizabeth age 26 General servant, Mary 22 Office Clerk, Alfred age 19 Sheep Packer, Albert Age 17 Fitters assistant, Bert age 11, and Horace age 8. Albert is recorded as born at West Bromwich, and Thomas at Willenhall; all other family members are recorded as born at Bilston.

The marriage of Thomas Caddick to Sarah Ann Jones was registered at Wolverhampton in the second quarter of 1909. A FreeBMD search traced the birth of a Alfred T Caddick being registered at Wolverhampton in the 3rd Quarter of 1912, Mother’s maiden name Jones. Thomas Caddick junior and Mrs Sarah Ann Caddick his wife were not traced on the 1911 census.