Thomas William Ayre


Submitted by Michael Foster

Thomas William was Michael's Maternal Grandfather


Thomas William Ayre enlisted with the 13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in Sheffield on 8th February 1915. Following basic training he transferred to the BEF France on 7th October 1915.

He saw frontline action throughout, and was promoted to Corporal in October 1916. He sustained bullet wounds to his Left arm and leg on 17 November 1916, He was repatriated for medical treatment and was a patient at the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester.

After recovering he returned to France on 31st March 1918 and saw further action, being promoted to Lance Sergeant in May 1918, shortly afterwards he was taken prisoner at Rosney, and spent the remaining period at the POW Darmstadt Camp, Germany. He returned home on the 14th January 1919 and his military service ended on the 13th April 1919.

In civilian life he joined the Sheffield City Police force on 15th May 1920. He went on to marry Elizabeth Kay, and they had a daughter Ena born December 1923.

He served in the police force for 30years, and after a short retirement died on 2nd September 1950 at the age of 54. He is buried at City Road Cemetary, Sheffield.

He bravely served his country for 4 years, and his home city for 30 years.









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