Private Thomas John Brumby Coldstream Guards

Written by Karen Day
First Published


Thomas John Brumby was born at Barton upon Humber in 1879. His parents Tom, a Brickyard Labourer, and Mary Jane had one other son Arthur (1884)

Barton upon Humber

The UK Census has them in Barton upon Humber for 1881 and at 3 Hudson Row off Westfield Rd in 1891. Barton contacts tell me this was situated under where now is the Humber Bridge, close to the Humber Bridge anchor block going towards Far Ings. (will be updated as more information found). In the aside is a link to an article which perhaps explains where the row got its name or maybe just a coincidence?

In 1901 the family were at The Manse, Chapel Lane (see picture).

The Manse, Chapel Lane, Barton

Burton upon Stather

Following the brick making industry the family had moved to Burton Stather by 1911. Thomas John was living still with his parents and working as a Brickyard Labourer. The address given was New Brickyard, Burton Stather. My husband tells me this would be on the lane, off Chafer Lane (off Stather Rd) running to the now Burton Fishing Ponds. This seems to be correct as their neighbours were Thomas Neal Woods at Mast Hill Farm and Keighley's at the larger double bay house which once also stood there.

Aged 33 he married Annie Hornsby (Barrow on Humber 1881) in Barrow on 6th April 1914 and they had one child a girl born 30th September 1914 called Dorothy Mary. By that time he would have been in France or Belgium and it is a sad thought that he probably never saw his baby daughter.

Coldstream Guards

The oldest regiment in the British Army and amongst the first to arrive in France, they suffered very heavy early losses.

Thomas John Brumby's 2nd Bn. were in Windsor on 4.8.14, they became part of the 4th Brigade. Landing at Le Harve on 13.8.14.

From his enlistment number and one record I was able to find, it seems he enlisted on 24.11.1914 in Gainsborough. Perhaps he was in the reserves?

Thomas was killed in action on 9th November 1914 at Reutel, the timeline suggests during the First Battles of Ypres.

Record Details for Thomas John Brumby

First Names:Thomas John
Initials:T. J.
Birthplace:Barton upon Humber
Resided:Burton Stather
Death Date:
Service Number:5860
Service:British Army
Regiment:Coldstream Guards
Battalion:2nd Battalion
Commemorated:Ypres, Menin Gate - Panel 11 Map
Place of Death:Reutel, Nr Ypres


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  1. UK Census
  2. Birth, Marriages & Deaths.
  3. Leeds Engine Builders
  4. Medal Roll Index
  5. Casualty List WW1

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