Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury

Thomas William Gatehouse

Surname: Gatehouse
Other names: Thomas William
Other people in this story:
James Howe Gatehouse
Mary Gatehouse née Farmer
Evangaline Mary Gatehouse née Read
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France
Zeals, Wiltshire
Walnut Farm, Sandfords, Somerset
Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Story:
Thomas William Gatehouse was born on 30th April 1880 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at Cann Parish Church on 12th June 1881, the son of James Howe Gatehouse and Mary Gatehouse (née Farmer).  He spent his childhood with his family at Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury.   He married Evangeline Mary Read at Zeals, Wiltshire, on 5th March 1912.  They went on to have five children.  Thomas had had 12 years previous service with the Dorsetshire Regiment and was on reserve.  He was embodied on 26th November 1914 and joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 12547).  Whilst serving in France he received a serious gun shot wound to the head and lesser ones to the right hand.  He was eventually discharged on 17th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Walnut Farm, Sandfords, Somerset, and working as a quarryman.  He died in the Weston Super Mare Registration area in 1965.

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