South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

T Medlicott

Thomas Medlicott was baptised at St Nicholas, Codsall, on 22nd October, 1893. He was the son of Eli Medlicott, a general labourer, and his wife, Julia. Eli and Julia had at least eight children.

In 1911, Thomas, aged 18, was living with his parents and siblings at Birch Cottage, Codsall. He was employed as a builder's labourer.

Thomas enlisted at Wolverhampton in about June 1915. He served with the 67th Field Company of the Royal Engineers. He arrived in Gallipoli shortly before his division was moved to Egypt where it was involved in guarding the Suez Canal.

The 11th (Northern) Division (to which 67th Field Coy was attached) moved to France in July 1916 and took part in several phases of the Battle of the Somme (Capture of the Wundt-Werk, Flers-Courcelette, Thiepval). In 1917 the division was in action at the Ancre, Messines and Ypres (Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcapelle). At some point Thomas was wounded. He died of his injuries on 24th October, 1917 - probably at one of the Casualty Clearing Stations close to Noeux-les-Mines where he is now buried.

Acting 2nd Corporal Thomas Medlicott, 101543 Royal Engineers, was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914/15 Star.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.