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The names of 197 local men who lost their lives in World War I are
inscribed on the bells of the Memorial Community Church in Plaistow. They are our local heroes

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Thomas Henry Bilby

Royal Field Artillery
Cripplegate, London - 1884
France and Flanders - 9 August 1916
Died of wounds
Served in
Royal Field Artillery
British War Medal & Victory Medal
5 Streatfield St, Burdett Rd, Limehouse, after Thomas died his wife and children moved to116 Percy Road, Canning Town

Thomas Henry's story

Also remembered on the Port of London Authority Roll of Honour.

Thomas married Alice in 1909, and they had 4 children; Thomas William (1909-2005); Francis John (1911-1963); Edith (1913-1997) and Alice Esther (1915-1915). Thomas was a policeman with the Port of London Authority, and so he was called up in 1913-or 1914 into the British Army; he had no choice. Following his death his widow Alice received his effects valued at £9 12s 9d, and in 1920 his War Gratuity of £12 10s. There was no pension, life would have been very tough bringing up 3 children. They moved to Canning Town presumably because Alice had family living nearby



Service Number
Mary Ann
William Henry
Alice Elizabeth
Couin British Cemetery, France
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  1. Derek Bilby
    March 6, 2012
    11:55 am

    Thomas Henry was my grandfather. His was actually christened Thomas John, but the Army changed it to Thomas Henry. He had 4 children – one of whom died aged 1 year. The eldest was my father Thomas William – before he died in 2005 I took him to Couin to see his fathers grave. A moving experience to see your family name on a headstone in rural France. Cemetery kept in immaculate condition by the War Graves Commission.I did not know about the bells and will try to visit them soon. – Derek Bilby

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