Thomas William MESSENGER

Regiment:               Royal Field Artillery  

Rank & Number:     
Gunner, 341  

21 July 1890; Gateshead, Durham  

Died:                       1974; Perth  

Brother-in-law of John Smith

THOMAS WILLIAM MESSENGER was born 21 Jul 1890 in Gateshead, Durham, to parents Robert, a gardener, and Elizabeth Snowdon.  He died in Perth in 1974, aged 84.  

0n 6 Jun 1919 at Rockhaven, Fairlie, Thomas (aged 28, ploughman, of Larbert Cottage) married Mary Kilpatrick Maxwell.  

In the 1901 Census, Thomas, aged 10, is living 47 Cross Keys Lane, Gateshead with parents Robert (46, b. Carlisle, gardener domestic) and Elizabeth (44, b. Northumberland) and siblings John Robert (20), Mary Hannah (14) and Lilian Agnes (2)  

In the 1911 Census he is aged 20, and a ploughman at Southannan Farm (parents at Larbert Cottage)   In the 1920 Valuation Roll, Thomas Messenger, ploughman, is tenant at Hawthorn Cottage (owned by John Rodger, farmer, North Southannan). 

The 1935 North Ayrshire Directory has Thomas Messenger, ploughman, North Southannan.    


Named on the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (Messenger, Gr. Thos., Larbert Cottage, Fairlie, Royal Field Artillery).   Enlisted 01 Sep 1914 (aged 24, ploughman, nok mother); first theatre of war entered was France on 29 Aug 1915.  Admitted 92 Field Ambulance with gunshot wound to arm 29 Jul 1917.  Demobilized 23 Mar 1920.  His medal index card shows he received 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

5 September 1914            
Two other of Lord Glasgow’s employees have joined the army this week – A. Davis, butler, and Tom Messenger, forester.  Well done both!  

6 November 1915       
Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded.  

26 February 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).  

17 June 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:   Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.  

17 February 1917

Gunner Tom Messenger, who has had a long spell of service in France, was home on furlough this week.  Despite the hardships and dangers of campaigning, Gunner Messenger looked fit and well.  
23 February 1918

Gunner Tom Messenger, R.F.A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Messenger, Larbert Cottage, arrived home on furlough at the end of last week.  Gnr. Messenger joined up shortly after the commencement of the war and has been for nearly three years on foreign service and through many engagements.  For the greater part of the time, he has been in France.  

14 June 1919

Marriage: Messenger/Maxwell - At Rockhaven, Fairlie on 6th June by the Rev. Arthur Allan, M.A., Thomas, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs Messenger, Tarbert Cottage, Fairlie, to Mary, 3rd daughter of Mr. and Mrs Maxwell, Byres Road, Kilwinning.

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