Following on from my blog post last week about George Robert TODD my 3rd cousin 3 times removed, I have been since been contacted by Jenny TODD about another 3rd cousin 3 times removed Henry James TODD, who is remembered on the Hacheston War Memorial in Suffolk.
Henry James TODD (1883-1917)
Henry James TODD and George Robert TODD both descend from my 5 times Great Grandfather Joseph TODD (1747-1827).
Henry James TODD was born on 10th December 1883 in Parham in Suffolk and he was the son of Henry and Maria TODD (nee NEEVE) and he was baptised in Parham Church on the 10th February 1884.
He married Kate HOLMES in the April quarter of 1909 in Suffolk and the 1911 census shows them living at Low Cottgaes in Hacheston in Suffolk, with one daughter Emily aged 11 months. Henry’s occupation like George Robert TODD’s last week, is shown as a Gardener Domestic.
Source – Ancestry.co.uk – 1911 census
Apart from their daughter Emily Jane TODD born in the April quarter of 1910, Henry and Kate also had another daughter Kathleen born in the January quarter of 1914 and a son Henry Arthur born on 3rd August 1915.
Jenny has very kindly sent me some photographs and a letter sent by Henry during the war to his daughter Emily and I thank her for allowing me to share these with you in this blog.
My Dear Little Emily
Just a line or two thanking you for your kind letter which I was pleased to receive. Glad to hear you were quite well. I hope you will look after little Kathie and Harry and don’t let them forget me. Now I must close with my fondest love to you and all.
From your Daddy
Henry was Private 202862 with the ‘C’ Company of the 15th Suffolk Regiment and he died on 12th December 1917 aged 34 and is Remembered with Honour at the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.
In the early part of the First World War, Kantara was an important point in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks and marked the starting point of the new railway east towards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916. Kantara developed into a major base and hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in February 1916 for burials from the various hospitals, continuing in use until late 1920. After the Armistice, the cemetery was more than doubled in size when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and desert battlefields, notably those at Rumani, Qatia, El Arish and Rafa.
Source Ancestry.co.uk – UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
I have also found Henry’s WW1 Medal Index Card and his entry on the Soldier’s Effects Register as below:
Source – Ancestry.co.uk – British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Source Ancestry.co.uk – UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
As mentioned above Henry TODD is also remembered on the Hacheston village War Memorial in Suffolk
Hacheston War Memorial
Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 27th September 1919
I am very proud of the sacrifice my two TODD cousins made during WW1 and feel privileged to be able to share their stories with you.