Chatham Bn., Royal Marine Light Infantry
Thomas Piper died on Saturday 9th January 1915, aged 29 years, and was buried in GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, Kent. (Grave Ref: Naval. 13. 672.)
Private Piper was one of "Kitcheners Marines", who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt) to the RMLI.
"600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI), and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI, and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY/200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters, 200 of which were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited, and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1(S) to CH/200(S)."
Thomas was born c1885 at Kirkby-in Ashfield, to parents Thomas and Maria Piper. Thomas Piper was a Coal Miner, who moved from Dudley to Kirkby with his wife between 1881 and 1884. They were both natives of Netherton, Worcs. Around the time his death, Thomas's family were living at 50 Prospect Street, East Kirkby, Notts.
Royal Naval Division 1914-1924
Thomas Piper, Privatel CH/6/S, RMLI Chatham Bn. Died of disease 9/1/15.
Service History: ex-Private Notts & Derby Regt. transferred to RMLI short-service 16/9/14 ; Embarked RM Brigade 5/12/14-9/1/15 DD.
Burial: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery (Kent 46)
Notes: CWGC = Chatham Division ; No overseas service ; Father, Thomas, 50 Prospect St., East Kirkby, Notts.
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Details of "Kitcheners Marines" kindly supplied by Des Turner