Other names: Thomas Frank
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersThiepval Memorial, FranceLong Cross, Enmore GreenGreat Yeatmans, Tout Hill, ShaftesburyTredegar, MonmouthshireNewport, MonmouthshireKilmington St. Mary, WiltshireMere, WiltshireSt. Mary's Church, Kilmington
Story: Thomas Frank Hoskins was born in 17th November 1891 at Kilmington St. Mary, Wiltshire (his birth being registered at Mere, Wiltshire). He was baptised at St. Mary's Church, Kilmington, on 3rd November 1892. He was the son of John Charles Hoskins, an agricultural labourer, and Rosina Hoskins (née Tullett). His siblings included Harold, born in 1884, who died at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. The 1911 Census shows the family living at Great Yeatmans, Tout Hill, Shaftesbury. Thomas had, however, by this time moved to Tredegar, Monmouthshire, and at the time of the 1911 Census he was single and working as a Coal Hewer. He enlisted in Newport, Monmouthshire as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the South Wales Borderers (Service No. 11881). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died on 8th September 1916 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France (Pier & Face 4 A). He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. Thomas and Harold's mother, Rosina, also died in 1916.