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HT Thornton enlisted into the Territorials (Royal West Kent Regt) at the outbreak of war. He never served abroad. In December 1915 he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant at Bromley Admin Centre. He died at home on 25 Jan 1916. He was buried with full military honours, is listed on the Beckenham war memorial, appears on the CWGC database  and his family received a plaque & scroll. Would he have been entitled to all these if he just died of natural causes?

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As he died whilst a serving soldier 

The simple answer is Yes


His forenames were Hedley Thomas


Regards Ray


Edit died of influenza


Edited by RaySearching
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Thanks for your reply and helpful newspaper article. I was reluctant to pay for a death certificate which wouldn't have answered my query. His father also paid for the restoration of the church lychgate as a memorial to him and his young brother Stanley (killed in France age 19).

Lychgate plq 2.jpg

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Prior to receiving his commission Hedley  served as Sgt 2222 5th Bn West Kent Regiment

The following cutting indicates that he was a pre war regular soldier

lt thonton.JPG


Probate record



Full photo of family gravestone plot


Find a grave HERE


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