Private Thomas Richard Fardoe

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Thomas Fardoe Birth Registration Transcription © ancestry.co.uk

Thomas Richard Fardoe was born on the 31st of May 1878 at Plas Yn Vivod, Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales to Moses and Harriet (nee Billington).

Thomas’s father Moses was born in the 4th quarter of 1854 in West Felton, Shropshire to sawyer Richard, born about 1810 in Knockin, Shropshire and Lydia, born about 1813 in West Felton. His mother Harriet Billington was born about 1852 in Whitage, Cheshire to labourer Thomas and Elizabeth. Harriet was baptised on the 1st of June 1852 in Whitegate. Moses and Harriet married on the 31st of May 1877 in the District of St Margaret, Dunham Massey, Chester Co.

Thomas Richard had three siblings: Lydia Elizabeth born about 1880 and Sarah Harriet born about 1881, both in Llangollen, Denbighshire and Charles Sydney born about 1888 in Pitminster, Somerset.

Thomas Fardoe 1881 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at 5 Bryn Newydd, Llangollen-Train, Corwen, Denbighshire. Moses was working as an estate and farm manager and Harriet was at home looking after their children: Thomas, Lydia, and Sarah. The household also comprised of a servant Elizabeth Eames.

Thomas Fardoe 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Woodram, Blagdon Hill, Pitminster, Somerset. Moses was working as an estate agent and farmer and Harriet was at home looking after their children: Thomas, Lydia, Sarah and Charles.

Thomas Fardoe 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Woodram Farm, Scattered Houses, Pitminster. Moses was working as a land agent and farmer and Harriet was at home looking after their children: Thomas, Lydia and Charles. The household further comprised of a visitor Edith M. M. Bond and a servant, Mark Caseley.

Thomas’s mother Harriet died on the 12th of June 1903 in Pitminster and was buried on the 16th of June 1903.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at Pitminster. The widowed Moses was working as a land agent and farmer. The household further comprised of his children: housekeeper Sarah Harriet, farm manager Charles Sydney and a servant, Persey Darman. The accommodation had ten rooms.

Moses Fardoe died in 1914 and was buried on the 7th of July 1914 at Pitminster.

Thomas Fardoe and Emily Jane Batts Wedding Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Thomas and Emily Jane Batts, married on the 2nd of January 1917 at St Martin’s Church, Dorking. At the time of their marriage Thomas was a Pte of the 137th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was living at High River in Alberta, Canada. Emily lived at 31 West Street, Dorking, Surrey.

Emily was born in the 2nd quarter of 1869 in Epsom to railway guard Walter, born about 1839 Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, and Emily, born about 1843 in London. Emily was baptised on the 7th of November 1875 at St Martin’s Church in Dorking. At the time of her baptism the family lived at Pixholme Grove and Walter was working as a railway guard.

Thomas Fardoe enlisted on the 21st of February 1916 in High River, Canada into the 137th Quebec Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was a Private with regimental number 808755. He was over 5ft tall, had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a farmer. His next of kin was his brother Charles Fardoe of Beaminster, Dorset, England.

Thomas Fardoe Canadian Book of Remembrance © www.veterans.gc.ca

Thomas died of sickness on the 24th of May 1920 at Llangollen, Wales. He was 40 years old.

Thomas Fardoe Calgary Union Cemetery Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Thomas Fardoe Gravestone © Marg Liessens www.bac-lac.gc.ca

Thomas was buried at Calgary Union Cemetery, Alberta, Canada. His grave reference number is: B.8.G.46.SEC.N.

His wife, Emily of 31 West Street, Dorking died on the 3rd of August 1946 at the County Hospital in Dorking. She gave retired grocer John Batts £268, 5s and 10d in the Probate.

Born Plas Yn Vivod, Llangollen, Denbighshire
Son of Moses and Harriet (nee Billington)
Husband of Emily Jane Batts of 31 West Street, Dorking
Regiment 137th Quebec Battalion. Canadian Expeditionary Force
Number 808755
Date of Death 24th May 1920
Place of Death Llangollen, Wales
Cause of Death Died of illness
Age 40
Cemetery Calgary Union Cemetery, Calgary, Quebec