Sapper Thomas Steadman

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Thomas Steadman was born about 1879 or 1880 in Dorking, Surrey, to unknown parents.

Thomas Steadman 1891 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Thomas Steadman 1891 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Thomas Steadman 1891 Census 2 © Ancestry.co.uk
Thomas Steadman 1891 Census 2 © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, Thomas Steadman was a pauper inmate of the North Surrey District (Industrial) School for pauper children in Anerlay Road, Penge, Surrey. The North Surrey District School was a pauper educational establishment.

Thomas Steadman enlisted on the 19th of February 1901 in Dalston, Middlesex into the Royal Engineers. He was a sapper with a regimental number 7788. At the time of his enlistment he was residing in Dorking, Surrey and was working as a carpenter.

Thomas Steadman 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Thomas Steadman 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, Thomas was a sapper of the Royal Engineers quartered at the Brompton Barracks, Chatham in Kent.

Thomas Steadman 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Thomas Steadman 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Thomas was a sapper of the Royal Engineers stationed overseas in Hong Kong, China. Thomas is stated to be a carpenter in civil life.

Thomas Steadman disembarked on the 18th of August 1914 to France.

He was killed in the action during the First Battle of the Aisne, at Missy-sur-Aisne commune on the 21st of September 1914.

At the time of his death, Thomas Steadman was a sapper of the 17th Field Company, the Royal Engineers.

Thomas Steadman Burial Return Report © CWGC.org
Thomas Steadman Burial Return Report © CWGC.org

Thomas’ body was exhumed from the Soissons Communal Cemetery Extension in France, where the graves of 88 British soldiers were reburied from the surrounding battlefields. Thomas’ body was lying in Plot 1, Row “A”, Grave 10. The cross on his grave bore the inscription “7788 Spr F. Steadman R. Engr. 21.09.14”. He was identified by the cross, Khaki, G.S. buttons and G.S. boots.

Thomas Steadman was reburied at the Vauxbuin French National Cemetery, Aisne, France. His grave reference number is: III. C. 9.

Thomas Steadman Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
Thomas Steadman Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

Thomas wrote his will in favour of George Chandler. George Chandler also received £14, 16s and 5d on the 25th of January 1915 and a further £5 on the 7th of May 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Thomas Steadman received the British War and Victory medals and the 1914 Star.

Born                        Dorking
Lived                       Dorking

Enlisted                   Dalston, London

Regiment                 17th Field Company, Royal Engineers
Number                    7788

Date of Death           21st September 1914
Cause of Death        Killed in Action
Place of Death         Aisne, France

Age                           35

Cemetery                 Vauxbin French National Cemetery