Lance Corporal Tom Granger, 7786

  • Batt - 1
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 21/11/1889
  • Died - 13/11/1915
  • Age - 25

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of Tom Goodman Granger, a shoe trade finisher, born in the 2nd quarter of 1863 in Oadby, Leicestershire, and his wife Mary Ann Granger (nee Tite, married on the 2nd August 1880 in St. Andrew’s Church, Leicester), born 1861 in Primethorpe, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire. Tom was born on the 21st November 1889 in Oadby, his siblings were, Walter, a schoolboy, born 13th March 1881, Annie Dale G., a schoolgirl, born in the 2nd quarter of 1884, George, a schoolboy, born 1886, Lizzie, born 1888 and Harriett, born on the 13th January 1891, all his siblings were born in Oadby, in April 1891 the family home was at Main Road, Oadby. In March 1901 Tom was a schoolboy and was residing in the family home at Ward’s Yard, London Road, Oadby, together with his father a bricklayer’s labourer, his mother and siblings, Edmund, a schoolboy, born 1894 and Doris Irene, born 28th March 1899, the latter two siblings were both born in Oadby. In April 1911 Tom was absent from the family home at Ward’s End, London Road, Oadby, residing there was his father, a bricklayer’s labourer, his mother and siblings, George, a clerk, William, a grocer’s errand boy, Doris, a schoolgirl, Leslie, a schoolboy, born 1902 and John Leonard, born 1903, the latter two siblings were both born in Oadby, Tom was serving as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and was stationed at Fort Saint George, Madras, India. Tom’s family later moved to 4, London Road, Oadby.
Tom’s Army enlistment documents do not survive, all that is known of his military service is that he enlisted into the Leicestershire Regiment, being allotted the service number 7786, and was posted as a Private to that Regiment’s Depot for training, subsequently being posted to the 2nd Battalion. He had been serving with his Battalion in India and was at the time of the April 1911 census stationed as a Private at Fort Saint George in Madras. The assumption is that he was transferred to the Army Reserve and at the outbreak of War was mobilized and posted to the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. It was with this Battalion that he first entered the theatre of war in France on the 9th September 1914. On the 20th September 1915 he was wounded in a bomb explosion and it is assumed that due to the injuries that he suffered he was transferred to hospital in England. In November 1915 he was stationed at Patrington Camp in East Yorkshire, where he was most possibly still recovering prior to returning to join his Battalion in France. It was while at this camp that one evening while walking on a country road he was injured in a collision with a motor car, he was admitted to hospital in Hull, where he died on the 13th November. He was buried in Oadby Cemetery in Leicestershire. Tom was awarded the 1914 Star with Clasp and Rose, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
On Friday September 24th, 1915, The Leicester Daily Post published the following article under the heading. “LEICESTERSHIRE AND THE WAR.” – LOCAL CASUALTIES. – Oadby Soldier Killed. – News reached Oadby yesterday morning of the death of Sergt. A. Illston, 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He was killed by a bomb explosion, which at the same time killed and wounded six others in the battalion. Private T. Grainger, also of Oadby, was one of the wounded. The latter was expecting to come home on furlough this week. Illston was a reservist, and was called up at the outbreak of the war. He resided at East-street, Oadby, and leaves a widow and one child.
On Monday, November 15th, 1915, The Leicester Daily Post published the following article under the heading. “LEICESTERSHIRE AND THE WAR.” – OADBY SOLDIER’S SAD DEATH. – In the gale a shocking motor fatality occurred at Patrington, near Witheruses, Hull, on Friday night about 9.30, to a soldier of the Leicester Regiment stationed in the village. The deceased, Lance-Corporal Grainger, belonging to Oadby, was in the street when he was knocked down by the motor car. He was seriously injured in the head, and expired early on Saturday morning.
On Thursday, November 18th, 1915, The Leicester Daily Post published the following article under the heading. “LEICESTERSHIRE AND THE WAR.” – MILITARY FUNERAL AT OADBY. – The interment of Lance-Corporal Thomas Grainger took place at Oadby Cemetery on Wednesday. The deceased, who was knocked down and killed by a motor, at Patrington near Hull, during the storm on Friday last, was a reservist, and was called up at the outbreak of hostilities. He had been in the thick of the fighting for 14 months, and was wounded by a bomb accident about six weeks ago. He was able to get home for a rest, and re-joined his depot at Patrington last month, where he met with the unfortunate accident which resulted in his untimely death. A sad feature of the case was that his mother received a postcard from him to say that he would probably get home for the week-end, and a few minutes later received a telegram informing her of his death. A detachment of the Leicestershire Regiment from Glen Parva Barracks, with full military band and firing party, attended the ceremony. Sergt. Major Guerr was in command of the men amongst whom was Private Buckingham, V.C. Large crowds of people witnessed the procession as it passed along the village street, the band playing funeral marches. The Rev I. Raine officiated at the service, the first portion of which was held in the Parish Church. A large number of residents attended at the graveside to pay their last respect to a brave Oadby lad. After the coffin which bore the inscription; “Lance-Corporal T. Grainger, aged 26 years,” had been lowered into the grave, three volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. The chief mourners were the deceased’s mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Grainger, Gunner and Mrs. Walter Davis, Mr. and Mrs. George Grainger, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffries, Sergt. Ted and Miss Doris Grainger, Corporal and Mrs. Will Granger, Leslie Grainger and Mrs. S. Norman, Councillors L. Matthews and G. Wall. Floral emblems were sent by deceased’s mother, father and family, comrades and band of the 2nd Leicester’s, officers and comrades of the 3rd Leicester’s, Oadby Adult School, Mrs. Illston, and Mr. and Mrs. England.
On Friday November 19th 1915, The Melton Mowbray Times & Vale of Belvoir Gazette published the following article under the heading. “YORKSHIRE FATALITIES” – TWO LEICESTER MEN KILLED. By a curious coincidence, two men belonging to Leicester, met their deaths at Hull on Saturday, In the first case, Arthur James Holmes, 18, an ordinary seaman, of 22, Grafton-street, Leicester, who was attached to a vessel lying in the new King George Dock, at Hull, was discovered at 6.15 on Saturday morning, lying dead at the bottom of the dock. Deceased was last seen alive by a comrade, named Fred John Thomason who was on sentry duty near the ship, on the jetty, and to whom the deceased at about eight o’ clock on Friday night, brought a cup of tea. After that Holmes returned to the ship, and Thomason never saw him again until he discovered his dead body at dawn. Apparently, Holmes had been about again, and, as a terrible gale was blowing all night, he is surmised to have been blown off the edge of the jetty, to the bottom of the dock, a drop of 36ft. in the second case Lance-Corpl. Grainger, of the Leicester Regiment, who belonged to Oadby, in Leicestershire, was crossing a country road at Patrington, in East Yorkshire, when he was knocked down by a motor car. The injured soldier was removed to Patrington Hospital, where he expired. The inquest was held on Monday.

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Burial Place - New Ground, C 386, Oadby Cemetery
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Cause of death - DIED
  • Burial Commemoration - Oadby Cem., Leics., England
  • Born - Oadby, Leicestershire
  • Enlisted - Leicester
  • Place of Residence - 4 London Road, Oadby, Leicestershire, England
  • Memorial - OADBY MEM., LEICS

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