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Name: Thomas Smith CARNAFFAN
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: T S Service No.: 1276
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Newburn on Tyne, Northumberland. Age at Death: 24
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force)
Former Unit(s): 5th Volunteer Bn Durham Light Infantry
Place Enlisted: Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 10 Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham
Previous Address: 11 Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Stargate Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Tuesday 11th May 1915
Place of Death: Ypres (Ieper) sector, Belgium.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Stargate War Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: St Cuthbert's Church, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Overseas Commemorated: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Panel reference 36 and 38.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1914-15 Star. War Medal. Victory Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 5th June 1915 and 7th August 1915.
Family Details:
Son of Robert and Mary Carnaffan, 10 Stargate, Ryton on Tyne. Husband of Mary Carnaffan (Mary was to die shortly after Thomas's death in July 1915). Brother: William. Sisters: Sarah and Louisa.
Notes : Thomas's wife Mary, aged 22 years, died at the residence of her father, Alec Robinson, of 22 Robinson Street, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham, as reported in the Blaydon Courier, 17th July 1915. The Carnaffan family owned a shop at Stella Haugh Lane, Blaydon on Tyne. Thomas's brother, William, was also serving with the 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry. William was wounded in 1915 and was given a benefit concert in the Ryton Hotel, along with a Sergeant Calvert. The event was reported in the Blaydon Courier on 18th September 1915.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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