Private Thomas George Beaver was the son of John and Sarah Beaver, of 7, Davies Cottages, Northgate Street, Oakham, and was born at Oakham on 1 April 1893. He was working at the Midland Railway Company's Provender Stores in Oakham when war broke out and joined the Territorials almost immediately. He went abroad in June 1915, as part of the 2nd/5th Battalion Lecestershire Regiment. He died from wounds received in action during the Battle of Loos and the fighting at the Hohenzollern Redoubt at the 9th Casualty Clearing Station in France on 14 October 1915. In a letter to his father, the Chaplain who buried him wrote: "It is very sad for you, and I send you my sincere sympathy. Let your sorrow be tempered with the thought that the service of King and Country is the cause of righteousness in the service of God. Your brave son has given his life in this high service. God is not unmindful of his own. May He in His mercy abundantly bless and comfort you." Thomas is buried at Lillers Communal Cemetery and Extension, grave IV.C.33, and remembered on the war memorial in Oakham.
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