Thomas Stuart Scarisbrick

Memorial

His grave is in the churchyard of Our Lady of Sorrows, Effingham.

Pray for the Soul
of

Thomas Stuart
Scarisbrick
Late Gloucestershire Reg.

Died from the effects of his war wounds
Aug. 7 1934 aged 41

And his wife Mary Margaret
Née Baines
who died Jan. 21. 1973 Aged 82

 

Connection with Effingham

He was not born in the parish and may have lived in Effingham only long after the War, perhaps arriving in the late 1920s or early 1930s. 

Genealogy

His father was Charles Scarisbrick, born about 1853-54 in Liverpool; no clear birth registration has yet been identified for Charles.

His mother was Mary Charlotte (née) Bischoff (a German surname), born about 1857-58 in Havana, Cuba.

Charles and Mary Charlotte married in 1883 [GRO Ref: Prescot 8b 1109, 1883 (Q3)]. The 1891 Census finds them living in London:

1891 Census
No. 45, Connaught Road, Willesden, Middlesex : PRO Ref: RG12 Piece 1043 Folio 10 Page 24

Charles Scarisbrick : head : mar : 38 : book keeper [at] merchants : Liverpool, Lancashire
Mary C. Scarisbrick : wife : mar : 32 : — : Cuba, West Indies
Mary S. Scarisbrick : dau : unm : 6 : scholar : Highgate, London
Agnes M. Scarisbrick : dau : unm : 3 : — : Acton, London
Charles V. Scarisbrick : son : unm : 2 : — : Acton, London
Camilla M. Hislop : governess : unm : 29 : governess : Inverness
Frances Jane Page : servant : unm : 19 : general servant : Willesborough, Kent 

Thomas Stuart was born in 1893 [GRO Ref: Hendon 3a 190, 1893 (Q2)]. Here he is with his parents in 1901:

1901 Census
“Oakwood”, Alexandra Park Road, Hornsey, Middlesex : PRO Ref: RG13 Piece 1245 Folio 110 Page 33

Charles Scarisbrick : head : mar : 47 : merchant’s manager : Liverpool 
Mary C. Scarisbrick : wife : mar : 43 : — : Havana, West Indies
Mary S. Scarisbrick : dau : unm : 16 : — : London
Agnes M. Scarisbrick : dau : unm : 13 : — : London
Charles V. Scarisbrick : son : unm : 12 : — : London
Thomas S. Scarisbrick : son : unm : 8 : — : London
Elizabeth R. Scarisbrick : dau : unm : 6 : — : London

His future wife was Mary Margaret (née) Baines. She was a daughter of Thomas Baines and Margaret Anne (née) Roche who were also born in Liverpool and had married there in 1877 [GRO Ref: Liverpool 8b 370, 1877 (Q3)]. Margaret Anne was born in 1855 [GRO Ref: W. Derby 8b 404, 1855 (Q2)]. Mary Margaret was born on September 8th 1890 [GRO Ref: Wandsworth 1d 697, 1890 (Q4)]. Here she is as an infant with her parents in 1891:

1891 Census
“Laria House”, Balham Road, Streatham, London : PRO Ref: RG12 Piece 455 Folio 126 Page 9

Thomas Baines : head : mar : 36 : Secretary to Public Company : Liverpool, Lancashire
Margaret A. Baines : wife : mar : 36 : — : Liverpool, Lancashire
William P. Baines : son : unm : 12 : — : Liverpool, Lancashire 
Thomas Baines : son : unm : 10 : — : Liverpool, Lancashire
Joseph Baines : son : unm : 8 : — : Liverpool, Lancashire
George Baines : son : unm : 6 : — : Lambeth, Surrey
Ralph R. Baines : son : unm : 5 : — : Lambeth, Surrey
Mary D.[Dorothy] Baines : dau : unm : 2 : — : Lambeth, Surrey
Mary M.[Margaret] Baines : dau : unm : 7 months : — : Lambeth, Surrey
Mary Donovan : servant : unm : 17 : domestic servant (general) : Ireland 

It is slightly odd that the family chose the primary forename “Mary” for two consecutive (and surviving) daughters; the elder of them was Mary Dorothy.

By 1901 the Baines family had moved to Putney, although Thomas Baines (Snr.) was apparently away (whereabouts unknown) and Mary Margaret was boarding at a convent school in Cumberland:

1901 Census
“River Bank”, Putney Embankment, Putney, London : PRO Ref: RG13 Piece 489 Folio 114 Page 48

Margaret A. Baines : wife : mar : 46 : — : Liverpool, Lancashire
William P. Baines : son : unm : 22 : Civil Servant G.P.O. : Liverpool, Lancashire 
Thomas Baines : son : unm : 20 : banker’s clerk : Liverpool, Lancashire
Joseph Baines : son : unm : 18 : banker’s clerk : Liverpool, Lancashire
John H. Baines : son : unm : 8 : — : Putney, London
Elizabeth E. Baines : dau : unm : 6 : — : Putney, London 
Arthur S. Baines : son : unm : 4 : — : Putney, London

1901 Census
“Community of Sacred Hearts”, St. Ann’s, Stanwix, Cumberland : PRO Ref: RG13 Piece 4870 Folio 54 Page 21

among numerous other pupils:
Mary [Margaret] Baines : boarder : unm : 10 : pupil : London 

The convent school (pictured below – at far left – at about this time) was built in 1891 and stood upon St. Ann’s Hill on the “Scaur”, a high embankment above the River Eden near Carlisle’s Stanwix Parish.

The 1911 Census finds Thomas Stuart and Mary Margaret both living in Putney with their parents:

 

1911 Census
No. 123, Howard’s Lane, Putney, London : PRO Ref: RG14 Piece 2446 Schedule 183

Charles Scarisbrick : head : mar : 57 : banker’s manager : Liverpool, Lancashire
Mary Charlotte Scarisbrick : wife : mar : 50 : — : Cuba, West Indies
Mary Stella Scarisbrick : dau : unm : 26 : — : Highgate, London
Thomas Stuart Scarisbrick : son : unm : 18 : mercantile clerk : Willesden, London
Elizabeth Rona Scarisbrick : dau : unm : 16 : — : Willesden, London
Jane Holman : servant : unm : 31 : cook : Crewkerne, Somerset 

1911 Census
No. 58, Hazlewell Road, Putney, London : PRO Ref: RG14 Piece 2446 Schedule 257

Thomas Baines : head : mar : 56 : — : Liverpool 
Margaret Anne Baines : wife : mar : 56 : — : Liverpool 
Thomas Baines, jun. : son : unm : 30 : bank clerk : Liverpool 
Mary Dorothy Baines : dau : unm : 22 : — : Dulwich S.E., London
Mary Margaret Baines : dau : unm : 20 : — : Balham S.W., London
John Hugh Baines : son : unm : 18 : mercantile clerk : Balham S.W., London
Arthur Septimus Baines : son : unm : 13 : — : Clapham S.W., London
Elizabeth Roche : visitor : widow : 83 : — : Co. Wexford, Ireland 
Eliza Anne Pomeroy : servant : unm : 27 : domestic servant : Battersea S.W., London

 

Thus, these two families originating in Liverpool had by 1911 come into close proximity, living in two roads that ran in parallel just a few hundred yards apart, and both were employed in banking. Thomas Stuart Scarisbrick and John Hugh Baines may have been working as clerks in the same company.

Thomas Stuart probably joined the Army in 1914, serving in the Gloucestershire Regiment, 10th Battalion. The Supplement to The London Gazette [Issue 28986, Page 9976] published this notice on November 26th 1914:

INFANTRY. The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants. Dated 24th November.
[among numerous others] Thomas Stuart Scarisbrick

According to his medal record (see below) he arrived in France on August 9th 1915. However, he evidently had a spell of leave later that year during which he married Mary Margaret [GRO Ref: Wandsworth 1d 2202, 1915 (Q4)].

Later, in 1917, he was wounded in action and had to relinquish his commission. The Supplement to The London Gazette [Issue 30279, Page 9421] published this further notice about him on September 11th 1917:

War Office, 11th September, 1917.
REGULAR FORCES.
Glouc. R. Temp. 2nd Lt. T. S. Scarisbrick relinquishes his commn. on the grounds of ill-health
caused by wounds, and is granted the hon. rank of 2nd Lt. [with effect from] 12 Sept. 1917

He and Mary Margaret may have produced up to five children between 1918 and 1928. It seems certain that their first child was Joan M. Scarisbrick [GRO Ref: Fulham 1a 389, 1918 (Q1)]. The birth registrations of the other conjectured children suggest that the family did not live in (or anywhere near) Effingham until at least 1928. Thomas Stuart died from the effects of his wounds on August 7th 1934 [GRO Ref: Surrey Mid.E. 2a 237, 1934 (Q3)] and was buried at Effingham in the churchyard of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary Margaret died in Leamington, Warwickshire aged 82 on January 21st 1973 [GRO Ref: Warwick 9c 3364, 1973 (Q1)] and was buried at Our Lady of Sorrows on January 25th.

Military Records

1. Service Record

His Service Record may survive in the National Archives [WO 339] but has not yet been sought for this study. His Service Number is not yet known.

2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

As he did not die during or soon after the War, the CWGC has no record of him.

3. Medal Record