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Name: Thomas Blair WINSKILL
Casualty No.: Ranks: Company Quartermaster Sergeant Initials: T B Service No.: 315556
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 36
Unit: D Company, 35th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorial Force).
Former Unit(s): 1st Volunteer Bn Northumberland Fusiliers and 1st/4th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorial Force).
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 5 Mitchell Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Hewer at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Died of organic brain disease.
Date of Death: Tuesday 7th November 1882
Place of Death: Sedgefield Lunatic Asylum, Co Durham.
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Prudhoe New Cemetery, Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 14th and 16th April 1919.
Family Details:
Son of Isaac and the late Margaret Winskill, of 19 Milton Street, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Jane Winskill, of 5 Mitchell Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham, and later of Tyne Street, West Wylam, Northumberland. Three children: Edna Charlton, born 14th May 1905. Thomas William, born 13th February 1908. Sidney, born 24th December 1909.
Notes : Thomas had enlisted in the Volunteers on 9th April 1908 and served until the beginning of the war. He was also still working at Emma Colliery. He served overseas in France from 19th April 1915 to 24th February 1916. During that time he was admitted to hospital in the field on 10th February 1916, suffering from scabies. He was admitted to the 4th General Hospital at Oumar, 17th February 1916, then to the General Hospital at Etaples on 22nd February 1916. He returned to England, 24th February 1916. He appeared in front of a Medical Board and they assessed his disability at 80% as suffering from choroiditis. The cause was given as disability resulting from active service. Thomas was medically discharged as being unfit for service on 5th August 1918. The health condition and the effects of gas poisoning were to result in a traumatic period for Thomas up until the time of his death.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Emma Colliery Personnel Records at Durham County Records Office and Tyne and Wear Archives Service.
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