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Entry for Private Thomas Caldicott








1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards

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Thomas Caldicott was born in 1892 in Polesworth to John and Mary. By 1901 Private Caldicott was living in Gilson and by 1911 was working as a platelayer. He was enlisted into the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards (service number 17322) in 1915, one year before he married Dorothy Baugh in April 1916. He was killed on 5 August 1917 and is buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery in Belgium.

The Coleshill Chronicle, Saturday, August 25, 1917. Coleshill Soldier Killed In Action Officers' Sympathetic Letters. It is with regret that we record the death of another Coleshill soldier - Private Thomas Caldicott, signaller Coldstream Guards, and eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Caldicott, of Gilson, Coleshill, who was killed on the 5th inst., in France Pte Caldicott was 26 years of age , and prior to the war was in the Birmingham City Police Force, E Division, for 6 years. He enlisted in November 1915, and went to France in December, 1916. He was married in April, 1916. The following letter was recieved by Mrs. Caldicott from the officer of the platoon: "I am more than sorry to have to tell you that T. Caldicott, Coldstream Guards, was killed coming out of the trenches on the night of 5th and 6th August. A shell landed on the road in the centre of the platoon, and a fragment struck Caldicott and several others killing him instantly. He was an exceedingly fine soldier, and is a great loss." The Sergeant also wrote:" I feel it my duty to write you a few lines of sympathy on behalf of the comrades of the late Pte. Caldicott, who fell in action on the 5th of August. He was a good soldier , who knew no fear , a cheery companion, and liked by all. One and all send their deepest sympathies in your sad bereavement." Mr. and Mrs. Caldicott's two other sons are in the army . The second son, now at home on leave, was badly wounded and has been in hospital for 13 months, and will enter a convalescent camp. The youngest son enlisted in the Coldstream Guards, and is now in France.

Thomas left a Widow Dorothy 'Kate' Caldicott (nee Baugh) they had been married in Meriden RD in Qtr2 1916, no children are known of that union. His Widow re-married in Aston Rd in Qtr 3, 1919 to Mr James H Nurse. 3 other local Caldicott's also gave their lives in the conflict all were 1st cousins 1x removed to Thomas. Two of Minworth and are both commemorated also upon their Fathers Grave at Curdworth. Walter John who died 27 May 1918 and is commemorated at Soissons Memorial, and his brother Stephen who died 14 July 1916 and is commemorated at the Abert Communal Cemetery Extension. The 3rd George (DCM) of Yardley, died at Messines Ridge and is commemorated at Ypres (Ieper), West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium.

my late uncle The War Diary records “30 July 1917 - Battalion moved into the line by battalions during the evening. 31 July 1917 - Zero hour 3.15am. Our barrage came down in German line. 1st Battalion, Scots Guards and 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards took the Blue Line and pushed on to the Black Line where some resistance was encountered and Number 3 Company, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, coming forward with the leading wave of the battalion, rendered material assistance in clearing the enemy. Number 2 Company were employed in ‘mopping up’ behind the 1st Battalion, Scots Guards and 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. These two battalions remained in and consolidated the Black Line. The 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards formed up behind the Black Line and with the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards on the right advanced to attack the Green Line which was obtained within 40 minutes of their advance from the Black Line. There the battalion dug in under heavy shell fire. The casualties were comparatively slight, 1 officer was killed and 4 wounded. Other ranks, 22 killed, 140 wounded and 17 missing. 1 August 1917 - Battalion remained in the Green Line. Relieved by 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards at night. Relief completed by 11am. Battalion went to bivouacs in the forest area. 2 August 1917 - Resting. 3 August 1917 - Resting. Battalion relieved 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards in the Blue and Green lines by night. Weather still bad. Battalion went up by train from forest area to Elverdinghe. 4 August 1917 - Raining all day. 5 August 1917 - Fine. Battalion relieved by 4th Grenadier Guards. Battalion moved by motor buses to Herzeele area, billets just north of the village, arriving at 3.30am 6.8.17. Casualties during last tour; Other ranks 3 killed, 9 wounded.”

Coleshill Chronicle 7th August 1920 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM CALDICOTT – In loving memory of our eldest son, Tom, killed in action, August 5th, 1917. Shall we not offer our best and highest, When duty calls can we forbear to give. This be thy record, where in peace thou liest, He gave his life, that England’s soul might live.
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