Military Monday – Thomas Carradice

Thomas Carradice is my 2nd cousin 2x removed.  Our common ancestors are my 3x great parents, John Carradice and Ann Ridley.

Thomas was born in Kendal, Westmorland – his birth is registered in the June quarter of 1884.

By the time of the 1901 census Thomas was living in Bradford, West Yorkshire with his father John Carradice and step-mother Sarah Jane Lightowler.  His mother Mary having died in 1892.  Thomas was working as a ‘wool comb minder’.

He enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regiment on 12 June 1903 – his service number is 7095.  He is described as 5 feet 6 inches in height and weighing 115lbs.  His religion is given as Church of England.

The next piece of information I have is a note dated 13 November 1903 that Thomas appears to have been charged with fraudulently enlisting in the ‘R I Regiment’.  He was tried and convicted and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour.  He was then to be discharged with ‘ignominy’ – see extract below.

I have not been able to find any other details about this.

I found Thomas in the 1911 census still living in Bradford and working as a ‘moulders labourer’.  I haven’t done any more research on him except to identify a potential death record in the September quarter of 1921 in the North Bierley registration district of West Yorkshire.


  1. Hi Mick

    Very interesting details for the above Thomas Carradice, think I may have found a marriage for him, check out the marriage details from the West Yorkshire Archives that are now on ancestry, you can print it off.

    Marriage at Windhill Christ Church 3rd April 1918 by Banns

    Thomas Carradice, 33, Bach, Soldier, Hasler Barracks, Gosport, John Carradice (dec) Gas Stoker
    Hilda Lee, 22, Spin, Comber, 35 Kitson St, Thomas Lee (dec) Hairdresser
    witnesses Jessie Rowley Appleton & Nellie Lee

    Found an entry on free bmd for a birth entry for Edward Carradice mothers maiden name Lee Jun 1919 Nth Bierley

    Also found a baptism for Hilda Lee daughter of Thomas & Mary Ann of 22 Bolton Hall Rd a Hairdresser
    born 1st April 1896 baptised 26th April 1896



  2. Thanks Josie – that certainly is my Thomas. His father’s occupation is exactly as described in the 1901 census. Also the witness Jesse Rowley Appleton is his brother-in-law (husband of Maria Carradice).

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to check out Ancestry.



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