Thomas Cumberbirch 1890-1966

Thomas Cumberbirch was born in August 1890 in Wigan, Lancashire, England. He was the son of Richard Cumberbirch, but also known as Cumberberch and Cumberbatch, and his wife Mary Jane nee Connor. He was a coal miner by 1911.
 

Private 2430 Lancashire Fusiliers & Private 42517 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Enlisted Lancashire Fusiliers 28 September 1911 from the 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Description of Thomas Cumberbirch on enlistment:

  • Age: 21 years 3 months
  • Height: 5 ft 5 5/8 inches 
  • Weight: 144 lbs
  • Chest: 37 inches expanded with 3 inches of expansion
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Dark Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Distinctive marks: 
    • Scar 1½“ by ¼“ on right shoulder
    • Liniar scar ½” long left eyebrow
  • Pulse 70
  • Passed fit 27th September 1911 at Bury

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 2430 Thomas Cumberbirch

  • Service towards engagement reckons from 28 Sep 1911
  • Joined at Bury 28 Sep 1911
  • Lancashire Fusiliers: Attested & Posted Private 28 Sep 1911
  • Lancashire Fusiliers: 2 Bn Posted Private 9 Nov 1911
  • Lancashire Fusiliers: 1 Bn Posted Private 19 Dec 1912
  • Lancashire Fusiliers: 3 Bn Posted Private 3 Oct 1916
  • Lancashire Fusiliers: 3 Bn Private Forfeits 13 days pay for absence from 26 Oct 1916 to 7 Nov 1916
  • B.E.F. 9 Bn Posted Private 18 Nov 1916
  • 16 Bn Posted Private 3 Dec 1916
  • Home Depot Posted Private 7 Feb 1917
  • Home 3 Bn Posted Private 5 Apr 1917
  • 3 Bn Forfeits 7 days pay for absence from 11 Apr 1917
  • Lancashire Fusiliers 3 Bn Discharged no longer physically fit for War Service para 392 (xvi) K.R. Authority Pres. Medical Board East Leeds War Hospital Harehills Rd Leeds 14 Jul 1917
  • Address: 48 Lower Morris St, Wigan
  • Disability: Gun Shot Wound left leg (Compound fracture of Tibia) hearing? Capacity lessened 5/10 for 3 months
  • Discharged at Preston
  • Permanently Excluded from liability to Medical Re-examination under the military service (Review of Exceptions) 1917 Act
  • War badge 123129 issued 11 Aug 1917
  • Total service to 4 Aug 1917 (date of discharge) 5 years 311 days 
  • Pension to 4 Aug 1917 5 years 291 days [20 days less due to conduct]
  • Character on discharge: Very Good

MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

  • Home from 28 Sep 1911 to 18 Dec 1912  1 year 82 days
  • India from 19 Dec 1912 to 16 Dec 1914 1 year 363 days
  • Home (British) from 17 Dec 1914 to 15 Mar 1915 89 days
  • MEF [Mediterranean Expeditionary Force] from 16 Mar 1915 to 4 Jun 1915 81 days
  • Home 5 Jun 1915 to 17 Nov 1916 1 year 166 days
  • B.E.F. [British Expeditionary Force] 18 Nov 1916 to 6 Feb 1917 81 days
  • Home 7 Feb 1917 to 4 A8g 1917 179 days
  • Total: 5 years 311 days
  • Whether Educated: None
  • Army School and other certificates of education: THIR D CLASS 27 May 1913 

Campaigns: 

  • Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 16 Mar 1915 to 4 Jun 1915
  • France 18 Nov 1916 to 6 Feb 1917
  • Gun Shot Wound Left Leg – Gallipoli 4 May 1915

Wounded: 

  • Yes
  • Wounded about 4 Jun 1915

Medals, decorations and annuities: Pension Award 13/9 for 26 weeks
Discharged physically unfit for further war service 4 August 1917 as a result of wounds. He received a Gun Shot Wound to his left leg (Compound fracture of Tibia) at Gallipoli on either 4 May or 4 June 1915.

Silver War Badge

11 Aug 1917
The accompanying War Badge and Certificate No. 123129 are forwarded herewith to Thomas Cumberbirch in respect of his service as 2430 Lancashire Fusiliers.
The Badge will be worn on the right breast or on the right lapel of the jacket, but not in Naval or Military uniform.
Duplicates of the Badge and Certificate cannot be issued under any circumstances.
Receipt of the same should be acknowledged hereon.
Received The War and Certificate
Signature Thomas Cumberbirch
Date: 15 Aug 1917
Address: No. 48 Lower Morris St, Wigan

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the “WAR BADGE”

H1306

Regtl. No.

Rank

Name

Unit

No. of Badge

Enlistment

Discharge

Cause of Discharge

Whether served Overseas

2430

Private C

Cumberbirch Thomas

Lancashire Fusiliers

123,129

28 Sep 1911

4 Aug 1917

Wounds Par. 392(XVI) K.R.

Yes

Preston, 28 July 1917


Private 3847534 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Thomas rejoined the army on 15 September 1919. Description of Thomas Cumberbirch on enlistment:

  • Age: 29 years 3 months
  • Height: 5 ft 6 ins
  • Weight: 137 lbs
  • Chest: 38 inches expanded with 4 inches of expansion
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Dark Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Passed fit for service in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 15 Sep 1919, Wigan

He served for 1 year 52 days and was discharged being no longer Physically fit for War Service on 5 November 1920. He was living at 48, Lower Morris St, Wigan.
Thomas Cumberbirch married Hannah Booth in Q4 1917 St. George's Church, Gore Close, Heap Bridge, Bury, Lancashire, England. He died in Q1 1966 in Wigan.

Medal Roll

1st Battalion THE LANCAHSIRE FUSILIERS

B.26

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Decoration granted under Army Order 20 of 1919 [1914-15 Star].

On date of Disembarkation

Name

Date of Disembarkation

Remarks

Regtl. No.

Rank

2430

Private

CUMBERBIRCH T.

25 April 1915 2B [Balkans: Gallipoli and Aegean Islands]

Discharged 4 Aug 1918

Fulwood Barracks, Preston 28 May 1920

LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

B 2963

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal granted under Army Orders 301 & 266 of 1919.

Regimental No.

Rank

Name

Unit (in order)

Theatres of war in which served

42517

Private

CUMBERBIRCH Thomas

1 Lancashire Fusiliers 2430 Private

9 Lancashire Fusiliers 2430

16 Lancashire Fusiliers 2430

Silver War Badge

Preston, 28 Apr 1920

Medal Card

Name.

Corps.

Rank.

Regtl. No.

CUMBERBIRCH

Lancashire Fusiliers

Private

2430

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medal.

Roll.

Page.

Remarks.

VICTORY

H/2/101/B19

2963

 

BRITISH

Ditto

Ditto

15 Star

H/1/52B

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver War Badge List

H/1306

B123129

Theatre of War first served in

 

 

Date of entry therein

 

 

 

 

 

K1380

 

 

Correspondence

Address

 

WW1 Pension Record

SHORT SERVICE Attestation of 42517 3847534 Cumberbirch Thomas Loyal North Lancs Regiment

Name: Cumberbirch Thomas

Born: in the Parish of Ince, Wigan in Lancashire

British Subject: Yes

Age: 29 years 90 days [b: 1890]

Trade: Collier

Married: Yes

Previous military service: Enlisted Lancashire Fusiliers 28 Sep 1911 Rank: Private Regtl No: 2430 Discharged physically unfit for further war service 4 Aug 1917

Corps willing to be enlisted into: Loyal North Lancashire

Wigan 15th Sept 1919

 

STATEMENT of SERVICES of 42517 3847534 Thomas Cumberbirch

Service reckons from 15 Sep 1919

Joined at Wigan 15 Sep 1919

Loyal North Lancashire attested Private 15 Sep 1919

Loyal North Lancashire Depot posted 17 Sep 1919

Loyal North Lancashire 2 posted O.1810 26 Sep 1919

Discharged being no longer Physically fit for War Service Para 392 XVI K.R. Private 5 Nov 1920

Address: 48, Lower Morris St, Wigan

 

Military History Sheet

Home 15 Sep 1919 to 4 Mar 1920 171 days

?? 5 Mar 1920 to 28 Aug 1920 177 days

Home 29 Aug 1920 to 5 Nov 1920 69 days

Total 1 year 52 days

Next of Kin: Mother: Mary Jane Cumberbirch 48 Lower Morris St, Wigan, Lancashire

 

Description of Thomas Cumberbirch on Enlistment

Age: 29 years 3 months

Height: 5 ft 6 ins

Weight: 137 lbs

Chest: 38 inches expanded with 4 inches of expansion

Complexion: Fresh

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Dark Brown

Church of England: Yes

Passed fit for service in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 15 Sep 1919, Wigan

 

Conduct Sheet

2/Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Regiment of foot

Age: 29 years 3 months

Enlistment: Wigan 15 Sep 1919

Trade: Collier

Religion: C of E

Period with Colours: 2 years

Place of birth: Ince, Wigan

Date of Offence: 1920

Offence: Sheet destroyed 15 Mar 1920 Date of last entry 17 Dec 1919 (Cases of Drunkenness Nil)

 

SHORT SERVICE Attestation of 2430 Thomas Cumberbirch Lancashire Fusiliers

Name: Thomas Cumberbirch

Born: In the Parish of Ince, Wigan in Lancashire

Age: 21 years 3 months

Trade: Collier

Do you now belong to the Army: Yes 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (SR)

Corps willing to be enlisted into; Lancashire Fusiliers

Bury, 28th September 1911

Description of Thomas Cumberbirch on Enlistment

Age: 21 years 3 months

Height: 5 ft 5 5/8 inches

Weight: 144 lbs

Chest: 37 inches expanded with 3 inches of expansion

Complexion: Fresh

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Dark Brown

Church of England: Yes

Distinctive marks:

Scar 1½“ by ¼“ on right shoulder
Liniar scar ½” long left eyebrow
Pulse 70

Passed fit 27th September 1911 at Bury

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 2430 Thomas Cumberbirch

Service towards engagement reckons from 28 Sep 1911

Joined at Bury 28 Sep 1911

Lancashire Fusiliers: Attested & Posted Private 28 Sep 1911

Lancashire Fusiliers: 2 Bn Posted Private 9 Nov 1911

Lancashire Fusiliers: 1 Bn Posted Private 19 Dec 1912

Lancashire Fusiliers: 3 Bn Posted Private 3 Oct 1916

Lancashire Fusiliers: 3 Bn Private Forfeits 13 days pay for absence from 26 Oct 1916 to 7 Nov 1916

B.E.F. 9 Bn Posted Private 18 Nov 1916

16 Bn Posted Private 3 Dec 1916

Home Depot Posted Private 7 Feb 1917

Home 3 Bn Posted Private 5 Apr 1917

3 bn Forfeits 7 days pay for absence from 11 Apr 1917

Lancashire Fusiliers 3 Bn Discharged no longer physically fit for War Service para 392 (xvi) K.R. Authority Pres. Medical Board East Leeds War Hospital Harehills Rd Leeds 14 Jul 1917

Address: 48 Lower Morris St, Wigan

Disability: Gun Shot Wound left leg (Compound fracture of Tibia) hearing? Capacity lessened 5/10 for 3 months

Discharged at Preston

Permanently Excluded from liability to Medical Re-examination under the military service (Review of Exceptions) 1917 Act

War badge 123129 issued 11 Aug 1917

Total service to 4 Aug 1917 (date of discharge) 5 years 311 days

Pension to 4 Aug 1917 5 years 291 days [20 days less due to conduct]

Character on discharge: Very Good

MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

Home from 28 Sep 1911 to 18 Dec 1912  1 year 82 days

India from 19 Dec 1912 to 16 Dec 1914 1 year 363 days

Home (British) from 17 Dec 1914 to 15 Mar 1915 89 days

MEF [Mediterranean Expeditionary Force] from 16 Mar 1915 to 4 Jun 1915 81 days

Home 5 Jun 1915 to 17 Nov 1916 1 year 166 days

B.E.F. [British Expeditionary Force] 18 Nov 1916 to 6 Feb 1917 81 days

Home 7 Feb 1917 to 4 A8g 1917 179 days

Total: 5 years 311 days

Whether Educated: None

Army School and other certificates of education: THIR D CLASS 27 May 1913 Cu

Campaigns:

  • Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 16 Mar 1915 to 4 Jun 1915
  • France 18 Nov 1916 to 6 Feb 1917
  • Gun Shot Wound Left Leg – Gallipoli 4 May 1915

Wounded:

  • Yes
  • Wounded about 4 Jun 1915

Medals, decorations and annuities: Pension Award 13/9 for 26 weeks

Next of Kin: Mother Mary Jane 4 Wolfindales Yard, Wigan (o) Sister Lasins?

11 Aug 1917

The accompanying War Badge and Certificate No. 123129 are forwarded herewith to Thomas Cumberbirch in respect of his service as 2430 Lancashire Fusiliers.

The Badge will be worn on the right breast or on the right lapel of the jacket, but not in Naval or Military uniform.

Duplicates of the Badge and Certificate cannot be issued under any circumstances.
Receipt of the same should be acknowledged hereon.

Received The War and Certificate

Signature Thomas Cumberbirch

Date: 15 Aug 1917

Address: No. 48 Lower Morris St, Wigan