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George and Arthur Tomkins

George and Arthur Tomkins were brothers.

George Lawrence Tomkins

Rifleman 3981 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Died 9 May 1915 aged 22
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Belgium
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Maryís Church
Remembered on the Ash Vale School Memorial
Remembered on Farnborough War Memorial

The 1901 census lists Joseph Tomkins, a fruit hawker, and his wife Mary. They lived in Baileys Cottages in Frimley Road and their family included Henry 15, Joseph 14, Florence 11, George 8, Arthur 4, and Walter 2. In 1911 Mr and Mrs Tomkins and Walter lived at 2 Sydney Villas, Frimley Road.

Soldiers Died records that George enlisted at Guildford; and Georgeís medals card records that he was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp, qualifying date 7 November 1914.

George Tomkins and Arthur Tomkins were two of the 35 old boys and evening class students from Ash Vale School who had enlisted and whose names were on the School Roll of Honour in 1915. Later in the year George Tomkins had been killed and was included in the memorial leaflet for the memorial service at St Peterís Church.

Mr and Mrs Tomkins are recorded as living at 2 Sydney Villas in the electoral register of 1918.

Arthur Victor Tomkins

Private 8621 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment
Died 21 March 1918 aged 21
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Maryís Church
Remembered on the Ash Vale School Memorial
Remembered on Farnborough War Memorial

Arthur was admitted to Ash Common School in 1903 and had formerly attended Farnborough Wesleyan School. At this time the family lived in Station Road in Ash Vale.

Soldiers Died records that Arthur enlisted at Guildford.

Arthurís medals card records that he went to France 6 July 1915, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star.

Ash Great War Roll of Honour


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