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Thomas Danson EDMONDSON

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Forename(s): Thomas Danson

Place of Birth: Lancaster, Lancashire

Service No: 241671

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2/5th Battalion

Division: 57th (2/West Lancashire) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1917-12-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. CE. 151.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Additional Information:

Thomas Danson Edmondson was the son of John and Clara Edmondson, née Swindells. John, son of John and Jane Edmondson was born at Morecambe and Clara, daughter of George and Sarah Jane Swindells at Lancaster, Lancashire. Thomas was baptized at St. Thomas's Church, Lancaster, 23 October 1896, the family were then living at Derwent Road.

1901 Lancaster, Lancashire Census: 63, Borrowdale Road - Dawson [sic] Edmondson, aged 4 years, born Lancaster. [Thomas and his father John, a widower, were living with John's sister, Mary Edmondson, who later, became the guardian of Thomas.]

1911 Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: Sedbergh School - Thomas Danson Edmondson, aged 14 years, born Lancaster, Lancashire.

The British Army Service Record for Thomas Danson Edmondson exists but may be incomplete.

A short biography of Thomas is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 57th (2/West Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 57th (2/West Lancashire) Division

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Forename(s): Thomas Danson

Born: Lancaster


Enlisted: Lancaster

Number: 241671

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion: 2/5th Battalion


Died Date: 08/12/17

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Thomas Danson

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 241671

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Unit: 2nd/5th Bn.

Age: 21


Died Date: 08/12/1917

Additional Information: Son of John and Clara Edmondson, of Lancaster.

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(Courtesy of Sedbergh School Archive and Heritage Centre)

The Sedberghian. VOL. XXXIV. NO. 2. April, 1918 - Obituary Notes.

T.D. Edmondson

Lce. Corp. 5th K.O. Royal Lancaster Regt.

(Died of wounds, Dec. 8th, 1917.)

Thomas Danson Edmondson came to Hart House in January 1911, and left as a Prefect in July 1915.He had brought with him from Mr. Thomas’ School a reputation as a long-distance runner, and in his first term he won the three Mile with little difficulty, but he was prevented by his health from running in the Wilson Run when his time came. Always a keen cricketer and footballer, he gained his 2nd XV. Colours as a threequarters in his last season.

Of a quiet and thoughtful disposition, slow to speak until he made up his mind, he was yet a boy of strong principle, and exercised a great influence in the House even before he became a Prefect.

On leaving School he entered the 5th Lancaster Regiment as private, and by an unfortunate accident his application for a Commission was delayed until it was too late for him to go through with it before the group in which he had attested was called up. He was soon promoted to Lance-Corporal, and went out to France early in February 1917. He was slightly wounded on October 17th, but more seriously (a shrapnel wound in the shoulder) on October 26th. This would not probably have been fatal in itself, but septic poisoning supervened, and after being treated at hospitals in France, Glasgow, and Aboyne, he was finally operated on at Aberdeen on December 7th and died the next day from peritonitis. He was buried at Lancaster, where he had lived for a great part of his life.

Always a keen lover of Sedbergh, he had never been able to re-visit the School since he left, and had been looking forward eagerly to doing so after the War was over.

'Lancaster Guardian' (15 December 1918)

(Courtesy of the Lancaster Military Heritage Group website)

Edmondson Thomas Danson Lance Corporal Wounded 25 October, 1917, died of wounds 9 December 1917 at Aboyne castle, Aberdeen, age 21, educated at Sedbergh School, buried at Lancaster. Son of the late Mr & Mrs John Edmondson, nephew of the Misses Edmondson, Queen Street, Lancaster, service at St Thomas' Church Lancaster.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


EDMONDSON Thomas Danson of Queen-street Lancaster private The King’s Own Royal Lancaster regiment died 8 December 1917 at Aberdeen Scotland Probate Lancaster 11 February to Arthur Edmondson esquire. Effects £10987 1s. 5d.




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