Thomas Bowstead

Thomas’s Father , Joseph Burrows Bowstead aged 21 married Elizabeth Kershaw aged 24 On 29th May 1893 at St Peter’s Church Woolton . (Elizabeth’s Father Robert a stonemason and Joseph’s Father Thomas a Gardner ),

Thomas was born 16th March 1898 and baptized 3rd April 1898 at St Peter’s Woolton and records father Joseph employed as a Gardner.

According to the 1911 census, Thomas aged 13, lived with his father Joseph B. Bowstead; with Emma Kershaw and son James ( Joseph is son in Law to Emma Kershaw) Thomas is also living with Brothers Robert aged 14, Harry aged 11, Harold aged 8 and sister Elsie aged 17 ;family living at 33 Quarry Street, Woolton.

Thomas Emigrated to Canada aged 15 a apprentice Carpenter and arrived in Nova Scotia 11th June 1913 and final destination Vancover BC Canada

According to Private Thomas Bowstead Canadian service record Thomas was born in Much Woolton, Liverpool on 16 March 1894. By trade, was a carpenter. Thomas enlisted into the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force 23rd September 1914 at Vancover. He stood 5 foot 9 inches tall aged 20.

( Thomas ‘s age on the Service is recorded as 20 years of age appears to be wrong because in 1911 he is 13 years of age and on the passenger list as 15 years of age when he emigrated to Canada which would make Thomas 16 years of age when he enlisted in 1914 . birth 16th March 1898 not 1894 as stated on his service record and would make Thomas 17 years old when he died)

Thomas ‘s Medals sent to Emma Kershaw and Father Joseph Bowstead at 33 Quarry St Woolton

Thomas served in the Canadian Forces, Serial Number 29535 16th Bn Canadian Infantry. He died on 18 May 1915.

Private Thomas Bowstead is remembered with Honour. Vimy Memorial, Calais, France.