Thomas Edward Grindon (1888-1917)
Private Thomas Edward Grindon was born in 1888 in Penzance, Cornwall, the son of William Henry Grindon and his wife Mary Ellen Boxer. He was with his parents in the 1901 census and with his brother William in Grammar School in Uffculme, Devon in the 1911 census. He served in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry in 1914-1915, service number 35962, and married Dora Eastlake in St Columb, Cornwall in 1916. Dora was the daughter of Ananias Eslick and Annie Penna, born in Cubert, Cornwall in 1897. Thomas joined the Devonshire Regiment, 8th Battalion (8th Devons) during World War I, service number 30893.
As part of the 8th Devons, Thomas engaged in the major battles of the Western Front. He was killed in action on 26 Oct 1917. The Battalion’s War Diaries give a harrowing account of the attack on Gheluvelt village in which Thomas lost his life. This attack took place as part of the Third Battle of Ypres which ran from 31 July to 10 November 1917 at an estimated cost of 250,000 casualties.
Thomas received the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery in Belgium. Thomas and Dora’s son John Evelyn Grindon would later distinguish himself in World War II, serving in the Royal Air Force as Commanding Officer of the 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron in 1945.
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‘Royal Air Force Officers 1939-1945’, http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RAF_officers_G01.html, [accessed 2 Jul 2016].
‘Private T E Grindon’, FindaGrave, contributed by International Wargraves Photography Project, https://www.findagrave.com/index.html, [accessed 2 Jul 2016].
Paul Nash, ‘Gheluvelt Village: German Front Line’ (1918), Imperial War Museums, © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1156), http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/20081, [accessed 2 Jul 2016].