Other names: Thomas Henry (Harry)
Locations in this story: WarwickMotcombe, DorsetSt. Mary's Church Extension Cemetery, MotcombeNear Fontmill House, Fontmill, DorsetDiamond Cottage, MotcombeMilitary Hospital, Preston Hall, Aylesford, KentDorchesterWestminster, London
Story: Thomas Henry (Harry) Scadden was born in 1880 in Warwick and baptised at St. Mary's Church, Warwick, on 4th January, 1880. He was the son of Thomas Scadden, a Coachman, and Louisa Scadden (nee Welch). His father died in 1903. On 6th July, 1907, Harry married Ethel Mary Holt in Westminster, London. At the time of the 1911 Census he was the licensee of the Royal Oak public house in Motcombe. and they had one son at the time but a daughter followed within days of the census of 1911. He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the Duke Of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 48634). He died in the Military Hospital, Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent on 27th November 1918 and was buried in the Extension Cemetery of St. Mary's Church in Motcombe on 2nd December, 1918, (grave id. B.4.10). At the time his wife Ethel was recorded as living at Diamond Cottage, Motcombe. The inscription she chose for the headstone reads: IN MEMORY OF MY BELOVED HUSBAND THOMAS HENRY SCADDEN WHO DIED NOV. 27. 1918. AGED 38. HE BRAVELY ANSWERED DUTY'S CALL. HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ONE AND ALL. WAS MANAGER OF ROYAL OAK FOR 11 YEARS. He is remembered on the Motcombe War Memorial, Dorset. His wife did not re-marry and was living near Fontmill House at the time of the 1939 Register.