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Thomas James Howes

Thomas James Howes

Male 1898 - 1954  (55 years)

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  • Name Thomas James Howes  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Birth Abt 1898  Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Born 4 Oct 1898  Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Birth Abt Nov 1898  Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1901  1 Suffolk Arms Yard, St Martin at Oak, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1911  3 Sadler's Yard, Oak Street, St Martin at Oak, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Service No. 1915  [6
    1779 
    Service Between 18 Mar 1915 and 4 Aug 1919 
    Driver, 54 DAC, Royal Field Artillery 
    • Discharged for sickness
    Service No. 1919  [6
    875665 
    Occupation 8 Nov 1920  [2
    Hairdresser (ex-Army) 
    Residence 8 Nov 1920  24 Morley Street, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 23 Nov 1924  [3
    Hairdresser 
    Residence 23 Nov 1924  24 Morley Street, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 29 Sep 1947 
    Journeyman Barber 
    Death 6 Apr 1954  [5
    Age: 55y 
    Name Thomas J Howes  [8
    Occupation Soldier 
    Died 6 Apr 1954  Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried Abt 10 Apr 1954  SS Mary & Margaret, Sprowston, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Leah Florence Margaret Eggleston Thomas James Howes HS
    Leah Florence Margaret Eggleston Thomas James Howes HS
    Notes 
    • Was a desert rat; From Eastern Daily Press - date unknown
      NORTHAMPTON WAY TO "CIVVY STREET"
      5,000 suits to choose from
      "This way to Civvy Street," said a notice at the bottom of the footbridge in Northampton Castle Station, in greeting to the men and women who, on Monday morning, started to trickle into Northampton to pass through No 8 Collection Dispersal Unit at Talavera Camp and emerge civilians.
      Sergeant Thomas Howes, of Norwich, served all through the last war and was in the fighting again in this one, serving in North Africa and Italy. He was a hairdresser and now he is going back to attend to the needs of his customers in Norwich. So let us accompany him on his final official trip round an Army centre performed in less than an hour.
      When he got off his train at Castle Station he immediately found guides to conduct him and his companions to the waiting transport.
      They were quickly all aboard - officers and men and girls in the same lorrries - and were carried swiftly to Talavera. here they were separated, each party going to their special waiting rooms.
      First, then to the waiting room where the men were gathereed. Red leather upholstered easy chairs, pretty cretonne curtains, and tastefully arranged flowers completely dispel any official atmosphere.
      While in the waiting room, smoking a cigarette or pipe, Sergt Howes and his companions were supplied with a book containing the necessary forms for their release, with the details ready filled in, and were also given a briefing on what they were to do as they went through the centre, whilst questions were invited.
      While they were waiting, a bell rang every minute to indicate that another man could be sent from the waiting room on the first stage for his demobilisation.
      TO THE PAY DESK
      Early in his "tour" a soldier goes to the pay-desk where he receives Pds5 to Pds10 according to rank, fills in a Post Office Savings Bank form into which will be paid his further pay and credits, and received 3s. travelling allowance and voucher for a supply of sweets and cigarettes at privilege prices to cover the period of his "demob leave."
      As he progresses, he discovers that the "God speed" and "Good luck" are not just understood, for officers shake his hand, thank him on behalf of the War Office for his service and wish him luck in the future.
      Sergt Howes has emerged from the other end of the building now, and is already a civilian on paper.
      He goes to the "travel bureau" and there he is told of the time of his train to Norwich and where he changes.
      Next, he chooses a suit and is almost sure to get a perfect fit with 5,000 suits in the building in 50 different fittings.
      A ver nice mackintosh or raincoat had to be chosen and thren a shirt, collars, tie, shoes, socks, cuff-links, studs and finally a hat, the only ones not on "sale" being bowlers or toppers.
      Just a little early for his train, Sergeant Howes makes his way to the N.A.A.F.I. for a cup of tea and then to a lorry to convey him to Castle Station, still in his uniform - for most of the men prefer it that way - but nevertheless a civilian going back to that hairdressing shop in Norwich.
      The members of the A.T.S. who are "demobbed" are given 58 coupons and a cash grant of Pds12 10s with which to equip themselves at their convenience.
      On the first day the camp dealt with 200 persons but the flow is expected to increase to about 700 daily very soon. Even this number will not create any difficulties, for the centre is capable of dealing with 1,400 a day.
      It is the demobilisation centre for men who live in Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Essex and nine trains a day will carry ment to the centre.

      Another article from an undated, unidentified newspaper, probably from late 1954
      :
      New Home for Toc H
      The completion of the new Sprowston Old People's Club recently was an advantage for the old people of Sprowston - but it spelt misfortune for members of Sprowston Toc H.
      The hut which had previously been used by the club was also shared by the Toc H and it was this fact that started the old people's club there. Not the hut - which was a converted wartime fire station - has been oulled down an Toc H is without a home.
      Not for long, however, for members are busy in their leisure hours converting a disused slaughter house off Recreation Ground Road, Sprowston. They hope to commence their meettings there in September.
      "We are turning it into our new headquarters. The outside is nearly done and we are getting busy on the inside," Mr S E Grenville told me. Meanwhile a room at Sprowston Vicarage is being used for meetings.
      Already the slaughterhouse has a new name, "Little Tom's House" after a late member of the Sprowston Toc H and it looks as if this name will stick.

      Yet another undated article that appears to come from a church-oriented publication in late 1954
      TOC H NOTES: "LITTLE TOM" - AN APPRECIATION
      Although to outward appearance the life of the Branch has been just as usual, yet there has been a shaodwo between us and the sun, as if a dark thundercloud was rolling up from the horizon. But it was not a thunder cloud buyt the wings of the Angel of Death. Our good friend and member, "Little Tom" Howes, has passed on, and the wide smile and jaunty step are no more.
      There are many people in Sprowston who remember him as a hairdresser (was not one of his jobs of service in Toc H to visit bedridden members of the Old People's Club and give them a "trim-up"?); others knew him as a man who could turn his hand to almost any practical job, or as a member of the British Legion, or the Church Social Activites Committee, or more lately as a worker for the Methodist Church.
      In Toc H, we remember him as a member of the little band who joined the movement when the branch was first started in Sprowston in January 1947. He was our first jobmaster for a full year, and we could recall only one grumble - that Little Tom was so keen that he was willing to take the whole burden of "jobs" on to his own shoulders rather than to place them on the backs of the rest of the membership. We remember also his unfailing cheerfulness, his shrewd common sense and his zest for life. Tom loved arranging excursions and members of the Church congregations will recall the many trips he organised as Secretary of the Social Activities Committee. Our own strongest memory in this field is of a certain trip to London for the annual Toc H Festival, when Scotland Yard had to be called in to trace our missing bus!
      Our hearts go out to Mrs Howes and her family in their sorrow. WE, for our part, will be able to bring deeper meaning to our ceremony of "Light," for we now have an "Elder Brother" and the words of Laurence Binyon will from henceforward have a more personal meaning:_
      "They shall not grow old as we are left grown old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them."
    Person ID I7447  ONS
    Last Modified 10 May 2020 

    Father Thomas James Howes,   b. 16 Apr 1878, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1944, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Ethel Alberta Agnes Lawrence,   b. Abt May 1881, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1926, 3 Sadler's Yard, Oak Street, St Martin at Oak, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married 30 Jul 1898  Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt Aug 1898  Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F1328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Leah Florence Margaret Eggleston,   b. 26 Nov 1895, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1979, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 Oct 1920  St Augustine, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Married Abt Nov 1920  Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
    +1. Russell Thomas Howes,   b. 8 Nov 1920, 24 Morley Street, Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1993, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F7840  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1898 - Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Oct 1898 - Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt Nov 1898 - Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - 1 Suffolk Arms Yard, St Martin at Oak, Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - 3 Sadler's Yard, Oak Street, St Martin at Oak, Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Oct 1920 - St Augustine, Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt Nov 1920 - Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 8 Nov 1920 - 24 Morley Street, Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 23 Nov 1924 - 24 Morley Street, Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Apr 1954 - Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Abt 10 Apr 1954 - SS Mary & Margaret, Sprowston, Norwich, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Thomas James Howes
    Thomas James Howes
    Medal Collection of Thomas James Howes
    Medal Collection of Thomas James Howes
    Top row
    Victory Medal, The Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919,
    1914-1918 British War Medal' 1914-1915 Star
    Bottom row
    War Medal 1939-1945, Italy Star, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] Frances Bartram.

    2. [S511] Birth record - son.

    3. [S510] Birth record - daughter.

    4. [S476] BMD register (England & Wales) - births - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources

    5. [S275] Gravestone.

    6. [S898] FindMyPast Military Records, www.findmypast.com.

    7. [S156] 1911 census - UK.

    8. [S475] BMD register (England & Wales) - marriages - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources

    9. [S41] Ian Howes.