Thomas Musgrove

Military Monday – Harry Musgrove (1889-1974)

Harry Musgrove is my great uncle – my maternal grandfathers brother. He was born 17 November 1889 to parents Thomas Musgrove and Ellen Stowell.

I have been lucky enough to find Harry’s WW1 service record on www.ancestry.co.uk.

Harry enlisted in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 11 November 1915 – six days before his 26th birthday.  At the time he was living at 11 Brownlow Street, Clitheroe and working as a ‘weaver’.

He served as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and his service number was 103760.

It looks like Harry was initially assigned to the ‘home hospital’ reserve in Blackpool, Lancashire.  Then in May 1917 he ‘volunteered’ for overseas service – see below.

next information about his service shows that he was in Corsica from 9 June 1917 to 31 December 1918.  Harry returned home at the beginning of 1919 and according to his service papers was ‘demobbed’ on 23 February 1919 and transferred to the Class Z Reserve.

There is a note in the papers addressed to the Officer in Charge at the Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire.  This note was sent with Harry’s ‘medical history’ sheet on 16 January 1919.  On one of the documents is stamped ‘sick and wounded’ but I can’t find any information about Harry’s condition at the time.

The Queen Mary’s Military Hospital was formerly the Whalley Asylum. It was used as a military hospital  until June 1920. There is also a military cemetery attached to the hospital.

Queen Mary’s Military Hospital

Harry married Edith Hitchen on 20 January 1940.  He died on 25 November 1974 – eight days after his 85th birthday.

On this day … 2nd August

1814 … Aaron Rayner was born at Dacre Bank in North Yorkshire.  He is the great grandfather of the wife of my 4th cousin 1x removed.

1856 … Susannah Musgrove was born in Over Darwen, Lancashire.  Her parents were John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth.  She is my great grand aunt.

1908 … George Britliff and Alice Lockington married at Grimsby Parish Church.  They are my wife’s grandparents.

1920 … Thomas Musgrove and Winifred Agnes Taylor married in Sabden, Lancashire.  They are my uncle and aunt.

Tombstone Tuesday – Thomas Musgrove (1920-1977)

This gravestone marks the resting place of my uncle Tommy.

I took the photograph on a recent visit to Clitheroe Cemetery in Lancashire.

Tommy is my mum’s brother and the son of Frederick Anisworth Stowell Musgrove and Florrie Musgrove. He was the second of eight children and the first boy, born on 2nd August 1920.

Sometime in the second quarter of 1942 Tommy married Winifred Agnes Taylor. The marriage was registered at Nelson in Lancashire. They had two children and five grandchildren

Tommy passed away on 20 May 1977.

Military Monday – Thomas Musgrove

Thomas Musgrove was born c1894 in Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire (England). He was the second son of my great grandparents Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Musgrove (nee Turner). That makes Thomas my grand uncle.

Thomas served as a private in the 9th battalion of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. His service number was 29629.

He was killed in action on 7 April 1918 in Belgium.

Thomas is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

Ploegsteert Memorial

The Ploegsteet Memorial commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in this sector during the First World War and have no known grave. Those commemorated by the memorial did not die in major offensives, such as those which took place around Ypres or Loos. Most were killed in the course of day-to-day trench warfare, or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of the major attacks taking place elsewhere. (information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website)