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Forename(s): Tom

Place of Birth: Barrowford, Lancashire

Service No: 266961

Rank: Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: 1918-10-20

Awards: M.M.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: B. 5.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CLAPHAM, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Tom Constantine was the son of Christopher and Alice Constantine, née Jackson and brother of L/Corporal Arnold Constantine (12923) (q.v.) and Private Christopher Constantine (20410) (q.v.). Their father was born at Threshfield and mother at Austwick, Yorkshire.

1891 Clapham, Yorkshire Census: Tom Constantine, aged 2 years, born Barrowford, Lancashire, son of Chris and Alice Constantine.

1901 Clapham, Yorkshire Census: Tom Constantine, aged 12 years, born Barrowford, Lancashire, son of Christopher and Alice Constantine.

1911 Clapham, Yorkshire Census: Tom Constantine, aged 22 years, born Barrowford, Lancashire, son of Christopher and Alice Constantine.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl Tom Constantine, 266961, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Cpl Tom Constantine, 266961, 2/6 W. Rid. R.; 1/4 W. Rid. R.; 2 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 20.10.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Cpl Tom Constantine, 266961, 2 W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 20.10.18. France. K. in A. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Alice. £20 19s. 7d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: joint card(s) exist for Tom and Arnold. Name(s) on card(s): Name of Dependant's: (1) Mr Christopher Constantine (Father). (2) Mrs Alice Constantine (Mother). Address: Manor House View, Clapham, Yorkshire. (3) Mrs Bertha Kenworthy (Guardian of Illegitimate Child.) Address: Ivy House, Shafton, Nr Barnsley, Yorks.

Tom is commemorated on the Barrowford War Memorial.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Forename(s): Tom

Born: Barrowford, Lancs

Residence: Clapham

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 266961

Rank: Cpl

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations: M.M.

Died Date: 20/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): T

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 266961

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 29

Awards: M M

Died Date: 20/10/1918

Additional Information: (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: ALSO IN MEMORY OF L/CPL ARNOLD CONSTANTINE DUKE OF WELLINGTON'S REGT. MISSING 25. 4. 1917 AGE 26)



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26 November 1915

CLAPHAM – Obedient to the Call

Messrs. T. Constantine and Geo. Metcalfe have joined the 3/6 Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and left the village on Wednesday to train at Mansfield.

29 June 1917


Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. W. Metcalfe, Clapdale Hall, in the loss of their third son, George. He was posted as ‘missing’ on May 3rd, but on Saturday morning news came from Private Tom Constantine breaking the sad news of George’s death in action. It transpires he was wounded severely and dropped into a shell hole, and laid there with several of his chums. On account of the position no help could be got across to the poor fellows. Pte. Metcalfe was well liked by all the company and they send their sympathy to the bereaved parents and family.

Prior to the war, the dead hero was on his father’s farm. Joining up in November 1915, he enlisted in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, being trained at Clipstone, and afterwards at Salisbury Plain. An ‘old boy’ of Clapham School, he is the third to make the supreme sacrifice, and the seventh in Clapham and Keasden.

23 November 1917


Clapham people are proud to know that two of the village lads have been awarded the Military Medal.

Corporal Tom Constantine, Duke of Wellington’s, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Constantine, wrote home from a Glasgow Hospital, where he has been suffering from pneumonia, to say that he had gained the distinction for ‘Devotion to Duty’ on the 19th of September.

The other recipient is Private Fred Constantine, Leicester Regiment, son of Mr. W. and the late Mrs. Constantine, and who gained his distinction for ‘Distinguished Conduct in the Field’ on June 15th.

Corporal Constantine joined the forces two years ago and Private Constantine enlisted three years since.

11 January 1918


In connection with the award of. the Military Medal to Corporal Thomas Constantine, the particulars state that the honour was for “Marked devotion to duty on the night of September 20th, 21st, 1917, when in charge of a front line post before Reincourt. During a heavy trench mortar bombardment this Corporal visited the post on his right, which was suffering badly, to see if they were all correct. As he got there the post was blown in, badly wounding the N.C.O. in charge and wounding Corporal Constantine in three places. After having his wounds roughly dressed on the spot, he retuned to take command of his post. For two hours his post was heavily bombarded, but he refused to leave it until some hours after daylight, when the bombardment had ceased.”

08 November 1918

CLAPHAM – A FAMILY’S SACRIFICE: Three Sons in One Family

Much sympathy has been extended to Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Constantine in that they have lost three sons who have made the supreme sacrifice. Word came to hand on Friday morning that their eldest son, Corporal Tom Constantine, had been killed on the Western Front. Corporal Constantine was awarded the Military Medal for devotion to duty on the 19th of September 1917. Another son, Private Arnold Constantine, was killed on April 25th 1917, and previous to that Pte. Chris. Constantine, on August 15th 1915, laid down his life for his country, and Private Arthur Constantine was wounded, and has now been discharged. An uncle, Private Fred Constantine, is now a prisoner of war in Germany.

Regarding Corporal Constantine, Second-Lieut. W. Starkey writes:– “I am writing to offer you my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement in the loss of your son, Corporal Constantine, M.M. He was one of our best N.C.O.s, and his death came as a shock to all of us in his platoon. We were waiting to go over when your son was hit by a piece of shell and he died instantly. I know this will be a hard blow to you and trust that God will help you to bear your great sorrow and comfort you in your time of need.

17 October 1919

CONSTANTINE – In loving memory of Corporal T. Constantine, killed in action October 20th, 1918.

A loving son and brother kind
A beautiful memory left behind:
God takes the loved ones from our homes
But never from our hearts.

From Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, Manor View, Clapham.

24 October 1919

CONSTANTINE – In loving memory of Cpl. T. Constantine, killed in action Oct. 20th, 1918.

No one knows how much we miss him,
Only those who have lost can tell
Of the grief that’s borne in silence
For the one we loved so well.
Some day we hope to meet him,
Some day, we know not when.
To clasp his hand in a better land
Never to part again.

From his loving Sister and Brother-in-law, Wharfe.


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