Gunner
Robert Thomas Caldicott

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About Robert Thomas

  • Name
    Robert Thomas
  • Initials
    RT
  • Surname
    Caldicott
  • Date of Birth
    28 Jan 1890
  • Birth town
    Ashted, Birmingham
  • Resided town
    Aston Birmingham
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
    English
  • Place of death
    Birmingham
  • Date of death
    June 1974
  • Married
    yes
  • Occupation
    Carpenter and Joiner

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
    2636/200559
  • Rank
    Gunner
  • Regiment
    Machine Gun Corps

Biography

Robert Thomas ‘Tom’ Caldicott was born in 1890 at Ashted, Birmingham, to parents Richard Thomas, a bicycle iron caster and Harriet.  They were recorded as living at Willis Street, Ashted, Birmingham.   In 1906, aged 16, Tom was indentured to Richard Hunt as an apprentice shopfitter, which is where he probably undertook his carpentry training.  He enlisted in Coventry on 17 November 1915, giving his occupation as carpenter.

In December 1915, he joined the Machine Gun Corps and in May 1916 was assigned to C Company, Heavy Section, Motorised Machine Gun Service.  He was a gunner in the Heavy Section, Mobile Machine Gun Corps based at Elveden near Thetford, Norfolk when transiting through Peterborough in July 1916.  There is a reference to a postcard signed by ‘Tom’ to his father around this time asking him to pick up his photographs from Squires for which he has already paid 2/6.

Early 1918, brought rapid promotion for Gunner Caldicott, now in the new Tank Corps, to acting Sergeant and then Staff Sergeant, a rank he held until the end of the war.  He was sent back to the UK in March 1919, and demobilized a month later.  The following year he married Margaret Wilson in Birmingham, settling in Great Lister Street, Duddeston, not far from where he was raised.  He has been found in Electoral Registers from the 1920s up to the start of WW2 in the same part of Birmingham.  In 1939, Robert and Margaret are living at 178a Aston Road, Birmingham; Robert was a carpenter and joiner and Margaret was undertaking house and shop duties.

Robert died in Birmingham in 1974, aged 84.

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