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Thomas Robert Trenaman 1894-1914
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2014: Monica Jones writes “Thomas Trenaman is the first young man who died in Hatherleigh as a consequence of the Great War and is one of the twenty seven names on the War Memorial. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Trenaman who lived in South Street and he worked as a grocers assistant from the age of thirteen for Mr W. Friend. On the 9th September 1914 Thomas, along with his brother William, signed on with the 3rd Devonshire Regiment and was posted the next day for training. He was then discharged on the 13th September and a casualty form was signed on the 15th by his Commanding Officer, his discharge papers declaring the formal statement that he was “not likely to become an efficient Special Reservist”. By the 29th September young Thomas had died at home. From the information on his death certificate it would appear that whilst in training Thomas possibly had an accident or some complication to his health which hadn`t been picked up before or that he suffered from a form of shell shock. His certificate stated that he had died from `acute mania and exhaustion`. A testimony regarding the life and character of Thomas was written by W.G. Friend who said, “Tom was honest and true and that he had seen an opportunity for serving his country and had resolutely, fearlessly, and without any persuasion, made up his mind to sign up. He had died for King and Country as truly as the brave soldiers who had fallen in the line of battle. His place in the shop, in the home, would not be easily filled, the Church and the World could ill afford to spare such men as this.” As each 100th anniversary of death of the men on the memorial comes along over the next four years, I will post a short history of their lives and service.”



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