Other names: Thomas Fooks
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetTisbury, WiltshireFrance & FlandersSalisbury, WiltshireHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburyMotcombe Street, Shaftesbury
Story: Thomas Fooks Oliver was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27th August 1886 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 7th November 1886, the son of Henry John Oliver and Elizabeth Mary Oliver (née Hussey). He lived his early life in Shaftesbury until 1901 when he was boarding in Tisbury, Wiltshire, whilst apprenticed to a hairdresser. He had returned to Shaftesbury by 1911 to work on his own account as a Hairdresser. He enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 65010). He served in France and Flanders during which time he was gassed. He was discharged on 6th September 1919 and received a short-term limited pension for his disability. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the Electoral Roll of 1921 he was living in Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury, but by the time of the 1939 Register he had moved to 48 Motcombe Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, single and still working as a Hairdresser. His death is recorded in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1952 and he was buried at St. Mary's Church, Motcombe, on 16 Dec 1952.