Loft, Thomas

BORN HULL 1896. SON OF THOMAS & ANNIE ELIZABETH LOFT – 22 GEORGE’S YARD, HIGH STREET (1901 CENSUS) & 12 , JAMES STREET, HOLDERNESS ROAD, HULL. (ADDRESS FROM HDM 04/03/1918). HE ENLISTED IN THE HULL PALS. MISSING IN ACTION, ON 03/05/1917, AGED 21. HIS DEATH WAS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL MARCH 1918, WHEN HIS FAMILY WAS AWARDED  A WAR GRAUITY OF £10 AND TEN SHILLINGS (ABOUT £627 IN 2007). HIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS PRINTED IN THE HDM ON 27TH MAY 1919.* HIS STEP BROTHER, FREDERICK LARARD SMELT WAS KILLED IN ACTION, ON 10/09/1916.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. PRIVATE THOMAS LOFT 11/1183. I believe Thomas was born in 1896, the second of eight children to Thomas and Annie Loft of 99 Hodgson Street, Hull. His military records have not survived to confirm it, and he disappears from the 1911 Census of the family so I only have 1901 to go on. His elder sister Emily appears to have gone to work as a Domestic Servant in Skidby, so it could be that Thomas too was in service somewhere at the time of the Census….he could even have been in the army already. I know he enlisted at Hull City Hall in late 1914 and joined the 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, ‘The Tradesmen’, 2nd Hull Pals. I know too that he served on Egypt and the Somme. Unfortunately I also know that he was killed in action on 3rd May 1917 at Oppy Wood, the last of our men from the 11th Battalion to do so, and just like dozens of his comrades, his body was never recovered and his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial; Thomas was 21 years old. Thomas’s little brother Horace was killed on 19th March 1941 as the Nazis bombed Hull. Two brothers, two wars.


First name:
THOMAS
Military Number:
11/1183
Rank:
Private
Date Died
03/05/1917
Place died:
Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Age:
21
12 , JAMES STREET, HOLDERNESS ROAD, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom