Other names: Thomas William
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetFranceZeals, WiltshireSandfords, SomersetWeston Super Mare, Somerset
Story: Thomas William Gatehouse was born on 30 Apr 1880 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at Cann Parish Church on 12 Jun 1881 the son of James Howe Gatehouse and Mary Gatehouse (nee Farmer). He spent his childhood with his family at Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury. He married Evangeline Mary Read at Zeals, Wiltshire, on 5 Mar 1912. They went on to have five children. Thomas had had 12 year previous service with the Dorsetshire Regiment and was on reserve. He was embodied on 26 Nov 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 17 Mar 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, working as a quarryman. He died in the Weston Super Mare Registration area in 1965.