Second Lieutenant Thomas Waldegrave Nops

Date of Birth 30 July 1892
Age at Death 24
Date of Death 21 October 1916
Service Number
Military Service 9th Kite Balloon Section Royal Flying Corps
Merton Address
Local Memorial King's College School, Wimbledon

Additional Information

Thomas was born on the 30 July, 1892, and baptised on the 22 October at Christ Church on Surbiton Hill, the son of Edwin and Marianne Nops. He was the baby of the family, with older brothers Walter, Arthur, and John, and a sister Ethel. John was the closest sibling in age to Thomas, being six years older. The family lived at Eastbourne Lodge, Surbiton Hill, and his father worked as a clerk in the General Post Office. His mother was a schoolmistress.

Thomas attended King’s College School from 1904-1908, and subsequently entered the service of Messrs Higginson & Co Bankers. In 1911, at the time of the census, he was staying in the Waldorf Hotel in Aldwych with his mother, and working as a merchant’s clerk.

Thomas enlisted in the East Surreys before joining the Royal Flying Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. He came down with the chicken pox whilst serving in Etaples in April 1916, and was briefly put in an isolation hospital. He was killed in action on the 21 October, 1916, in a “kite balloon encounter”, and left £330 to his father. He is buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck in northern France.


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