Private Thomas Edward Huggett

Thomas Huggett © Dorking Advertiser
Photo courtesy of Roy Williamson

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Thomas Huggett Birth Registation Transcription ©
Thomas Huggett Baptism Certificate ©

Thomas Edmund Huggett was born on the 2nd of July 1896 in Dorking, Surrey to gardener Thomas and Ellen Jane nee Burgess. He was baptised on the 6th of September 1896 at St Martin’s church in Dorking.

Thomas’s father Thomas was born in the 1st quarter of 1865 in Dorking to agricultural labourer Thomas, born about 1829 in Leigh, Surrey and Amy, born about 1830 in Dorking. Thomas was baptised on the 8th of January 1865 in Holmwood, Surrey. Thomas married Ellen Jane Burgess on the 10th of November 1888 at St John’s church in North Holmwood.  Thomas’s mother Ellen was born about 1865 in Reigate, Surrey to grocer Edmund and Emma Maria, born about 1838 in Wilsford, Wiltshire. Ellen was baptised on the 22nd of October 1865 at St Mary Magdalene’s church in Reigate, Surrey.

Thomas had three siblings: Amy E. born about 1889; Helen Mary born about 1892 and Cecil Frederick born about 1895, all in Dorking.

Thomas Edmund Huggett 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 36 Lincoln Road, Dorking. Thomas snr was working as a gardener and Ellen was at home looking after their children.

Thomas Huggett 1904 School Register © Surrey History Centre

On the 11th of April 1904 Thomas was admitted into St Martin’s Church of England School, Dorking (Boys). At the time of his admission the family lived at 36 Lincoln Road. He left the school on the 27th of July 1910.

Thomas Edmund Huggett 1911 Census ©

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at The Cottage, Harrowlands, Dorking. Thomas was still working as a gardener and Ellen Jane was at home. The household further comprised of their children: Helen, gardener Cecil and errand boy Thomas. Ellen stated that she had given birth to four children. The house had six rooms.

Thomas Huggett enlisted on the 11th of December 1915 in Dorking into the 16th Battalion, The Lancaster Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number GS/23084. At the time of his enlistment he lived at 42 Howard Road, Dorking and was working as a plumber’s mate.

He was mobilised on the 21st of January 1916 and posted on the 23rd of January 1916 into the 8th Reserve Cavalry Regiment.

He was discharged from the 8th Reserve Cavalry Regiment on the 21st of February 1916 at Curragh Camp as a consequence of his desire to serve with his brother Cecil in the 2nd/1st   Surrey Yeomanry. Thomas Edmund Huggett enlisted at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex into the Surrey Yeomanry. He was a Private with regimental number 204197.

Later he was transferred into the 1st/23rd King’s Liverpool Regiment and subsequently into the 2nd/6th King’s Liverpool Regiment. His new regimental number was 260218. He served with the Liverpool Regiment for several months before being killed.

He suffered a severe abdominal wound followed by a lengthy spell in the trenches and he succumbed upon reaching the dressing station. He was actively engaged at his post in charge of an anti-aircraft gun section when he received his wound.

Thomas Huggett Death Listing © Dorking Advertiser

Thomas Edmund Huggett died of wounds on the 15th of June 1918 in France.

Thomas Huggett Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser

He had a wonderful spirit of cheerfulness which he sustained to the last. (13th July 1918 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser)

Thomas Huggett Roll of Honour © CWGC. org
Thomas Huggett Grave Report © CWGC. org

He was buried at the Couin New British Cemetery in France. His grave reference number is G.25.

Thomas Huggett Soldiers Effects ©

Thomas’s father Thomas received £10, 10s and 7d on the 17th of December 1918 and a further £10 on the 1st of December 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Thomas Huggett Medal Roll Index Card ©
Thomas Huggett British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll ©

At the time of Thomas’s death, the family lived at 33 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey.

Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Thomas and Ellen Jane Huggett of 33 Brighton Road, Redhill
Regiment 2nd/6th King’s Liverpool Regiment
Number 260218
Former Regiment 204197, Surrey Yeomanry
Date of Death 15th June 1918
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Died of wounds
Age 21
Cemetery Couin New British Cemetery, France
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