Thomas John Edward Billings

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           8344

Unit:                     2nd. Bn. Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry 

Thomas was born in Air Balloon Lane (Hillside Ave) on 3rd April 1891, his parents were Thomas & Ellen Billings.  A 11 year old schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his widowed mother and other family members at 42 Saffron Street.  At the time of the 1911 census Thomas & his mother had moved to 12 Park Street, St George & Thomas’s occupation is recorded as a Candle Maker.

The 2nd Battalion Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry left Aldershot early  in August 1914 and landed in Boulogne on the 14th. The Battalion were soon in the thick of the fighting around Ypres.  Sadly Private Thomas John Edward Billings lost his life on 21st October 1914.

Thomas has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial . Panel 37 & 39. 

Image from private collection of Doug Crew.

Thomas Billings was entittled to The 1914 Star with clasp The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.

( The Clasp was issued to men who have actually been awarded the '1914 Star' under Army Order 350 of 1917, and who actually served under fire of the enemy in France and Belgium between the 5th August, 1914, and midnight 22nd/ 23rd November, 1914.)

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.