Private 33477, West Yorkshire Regiment, The Leeds Pals
Apart from his service number and his medal awards very little is known for certain about Tom Sumpton.
He was probably Tom Ernest Sumpton, son of Thomas Sumpton, a bricklayer, and Louisa Ringrose, who were married in Scarborough in March 1867.
They had ten children, all of whom survived, at least up until 1911. They were
Hannah, Joseph Ringrose, Herbert, Fred, Jane, Louise, Tom Ernest, Emily May, Reginald and Harriet Annie.
Tom was born in York in June 1882, and was registered as Tom. (Free BDM website)
In 1891 they were living in the parish of St. Maurice, York, but the actual address is indecipherable.
In 1901 they were in St.Thomas’ parish, at 71 Union Terrace, York.
In 1911 they had moved to 53 Union Terrace.
On both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses Tom is described as a mercantile clerk, working in chocolate confectionary, latterly with his younger brother Reginald.
His mother died in March 1910. (Census Records on Find My Past)
No Service Record has survived, but we know from the Medal card that, while he has a fairly late service number, he was part of the original Pals, before the amalgamation, in December 1917, with the 17th Battalion, The Bantams.
Tom would have served in France, and was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. (Medal Card from Ancestry website)
He may have died in York in 1968, aged 84. (Free BDM website)
Researcher: Peter Taylor
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