An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Thomas KIDD

No. 37651 Serjeant, 49th Battalion,
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

Born 16 March 1894,
Died 13 April 1918, aged 24 years.

Buried in Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery,
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave II.F.6.

He is one of 315 servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery near Ypres. When he first joined the Army he was a despatch rider in 15th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment).

Thomas Kidd was born in Thornaby, the seventh and youngest child of George Richard Kidd and Isabella Kidd. His father had worked in an iron foundry, but by 1911 was living ‘by private means’. The family lived at ‘Burnhamthorp’, Coatham, but moved to 15, Windsor Road, Saltburn during his time at school. Thomas was 11 years old when he joined Coatham Grammar School in May 1905, having been at Stockton Grammar School, and was 16 when he left. He had three sisters and three brothers, one of whom, George, also attended Coatham. Thomas passed his Cambridge Preliminary Examinations in 1909 and the school magazine records him as being goalkeeper in the school football XI in the 1910-1911 season. When he left in March 1911 he was apprenticed to a bookseller & printer, and the school Register also notes his war service as a despatch rider. His parents had moved again, this time to Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough, at the time of his death.