Other names: Thomas Edward
Locations in this story: Dorchester, DorsetFrance & FlandersShaftesbury, DorsetLymington, HampshireWest Fordington, Hampshire
Story: Thomas Edward Tompkins was born in Dorchester, Dorset, on 29 Jul 1888 the son of John Tompkins and Janet Allen Tompkins (nee Price). He spent his early life in Dorchester until he enlisted with the Army Service Corps on 20 Nov 1903 using his skill as a Carpenter but was classified as a Driver (Service No. T/21298). He married Alice Maud Hodder in West Fordington, Hampshire, on 17 Apr 1911. He served in France and Flanders during WW1 with the 196 Company and was due for release on 19 Nov 1916 but was retained until final discharge on 31 Mar 1920. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. His address at the time was given as Verandah House, Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He was working with the local firm of Stratton, Sons & Mead on whose Roll of Honour his name appears. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Fidelis, Ashley Road, Lymington, Hampshire, described as a Shopkeeper and Tobacconist. His wife was then listed as Iris E. Tompkins (nee Drake) thought to have been a second marriage. His death was recorded in Lymington on 28 Jun 1960.