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.
6 Jun 1919 at Rockhaven, Fairlie, Thomas (aged
28, ploughman, of Larbert Cottage) married Mary
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
1935 North Ayrshire Directory has Thomas Messenger, ploughman, North Southannan.
SERVICE RECORD 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
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
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.