Rank: Driver 1550 later 534216
Regiment or Ship: Royal Engineers
Service Number(s): 1550 later 534216
Occupation: Bricklayer’s Labourer
Date of Birth: 1894
Place of Birth: Bexhill
Date of Death: 1966
Place of Death: Sidley, Bexhill, SussexAddress: 9 North Road, Sidley
Photos and newspaper articles
Parents: Frederick Ransom, born 1863 in Sidley, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex; died 30th April 1936 in 9 North Road, Sidley, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, and Caroline Vitler, born 1862, in Hooe, East Sussex; died in March 1925, aged 63 and buried on 6th March 1925 in Bexhill.
The couple were married in Hailsham district (probably at the church in Hooe) in 1887.
Noami Ransom, born 1890, in Bexhill, Sussex.
Frederick James, born 1892, in Bexhill, Sussex. W0102 RANSOM Frederick James
Arthur William Ransom, born 1897, in Bexhill, Sussex. W0101 RANSOM Arthur William
Emma May Ransom, born 1902, in Bexhill, Sussex.
Albert George Ransom, born 1904, in Bexhill, Sussex.
Irene Lillian Ransom, born 1910, in Bexhill, Sussex.
Thomas married Edith May Carter, in 1914, at St. Peter’s Church, Bexhill, Sussex.
There were, possibly, three children from this marriage and they were:-
Thomas E. Ransom, born the June quarter 1914
Ronald F. Y. Ransom, born in the March quarter 1916
Kathleen V. Ransom, born June quarter 1921
These were all born in the Battle District of Sussex.
First World War Experience
The only service records of Thomas Ransom which seem to have survived, are his entries in the Medal Roll Index and on the Medal Roll Index Card. These only give details as to what medals he was entitled to, which were the standard medals that were awarded to almost all soldiers at the end of the war – namely, the Victory Medal and the British Medal.
The Medal Roll Index Card doesn’t show any theatre of war which means that Thomas spent his entire military service in the UK.
Thomas’s two brothers, Frederick James and Arthur William Ransom, also joined the army – their younger brother, Albert George, born in 1904, was too young to join or be called up.
Unfortunately, both Frederick and Arthur were killed.