CHAMP, THOMAS ALFRED

LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY CORBIE

Thomas Alfred ChampRank: Private
Service No: 791
Date of Death: 29/07/1916
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers 17th Bn.
Grave Reference I. E. 18.
Cemetery LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE

Additional Information:

Born in 1887 at Walthamstow, the eldest son of Alfred Jordan (Mercantile, later Insurance Clerk) and Agnes Champ. 1891: With his family at Ellerslie Cottage Elmsdale Road Walthamstow. 1901: With his family at 878 Forest Road Walthamstow. He attended Bancroft’s School Woodford Green until the age of 16. 1911: An Insurance Clerk with his family at “Delamare”, 878 Forest Road Walthamstow. By 1915 the family home was at “Glenelg” Fullers Road, South Woodford.

He joined 17 Royal Fusiliers in 09-14 and was sent to the Western Front in France. Their deployment to the front line came during the Battle of the Somme, when 17 Royal Fusiliers took over the support line at Longueval Alley on 25-07-16. They soon became involved in the attack on Delville Wood where, in addition to the opposing German infantry, British forces had to endure heavy and accurate enemy shellfire. During this battle, Thomas Champ sustained a severe and ultimately fatal wound to the chest. On 27-07 a grouping of Fusiliers including 17th mounted a renewed assault. Still more casualties were incurred, however they prevailed, and the Germans were at last forced from the wood.

X/R: Lt. Leonard Champ (Brother).

Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church. Bancroft’s School.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Regimental History.
Qualification: Borough Resident.