2nd Lt Thomas Sparrow, Tank Corps

1894 Dec 2. Born Dalston, London , England (RIC record and WO338). The 1891 census has his father as a Groom

1895 Feb 24 Baptised

1898 Starts School son of Robert and Matilda Sparrow of 70 Brougham Rd

1900 His mother Matilda died. His father Robert probably died in 1908

1901 census at Romford, Essex

1911 census at Hare St, Romford Essex. His sister, Dorothy May Sparrow, named as next of kin in army records, is with another aunt in Romford

1912 Nov 23 . Charged with theft. He is living at Hare St, as he was in 1911 census. His aunt was a sub-postmistress there.

1913 Feb 3. Gaoled for the theft. Note address Hare St and exactly right age 18and 2 months

1914 Sep 3 Enlisted in Manchester. He was a Commercial Traveller

1915 Jul 22. Landed in France

1919 Mar 22. Commission on discharge. The Cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. under the provisions of the Royal Warrant, dated 30th December 1918, promulgated in Army Order 42 of 1919: Tank Corps, Thomas Sparrow.

1920 Aug 31 Joined ADRIC with service no 427. Posted to K Coy . He was therefore involved in setting up K Coy before the main recruits to it arrived.

1920 Sep 12. Promoted Platoon Commander and Depot Sergeant Major

1920 Nov 5. Involved in the case of Constable C H Biddle and his attempt to sell a service revolver. Involved were T/C EJ Sullivan, DI2 (he was a S/l on the date of the offence) T Sparrow, DI2 EJ Trim

1920 Nov 21 Promoted DI2. Second in Command K Coy




1920 Dec 11. Second in Command of K Company when the burning of Cork and the grenade attack on K Coy tender took place at Dillons Cross. He was wounded and sought compensation and received £600 for his wounds.

1921 Feb 14 Posted to Depot Coy

1921 Mar 6 to 19 Mar on Medical Leave

1921 Mar 23. Posted to F Coy. Reverts to T/Cadet.

1921 Apr 21. On a raid at Circular Rd

1921 May 15 On a raid under DI1 R Caparn

1921 Jul 4 to 28 Jul on Leave

1921 Sep 9 to 23 Sep on Leave

1922 Jan 21. Posted to Depot Coy

1922 Jan 26. Relinquishes his commission. Tank Corps. Temp. 2nd Lts., and retain the rank of 2nd Lt. T Sparrow

1922 Feb 22. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Aug 2. Married in Hammersmith to Mary Helen Milne McCready (1896–1989) . She had been born in Dalkey, Ireland , dau of Father Joseph McCready Mother Elizabeth Wise Barclay. His father never was a Mill Owner.

1930 Jan 24. Freedom of London

1936 Electoral roll The Woolpack, 15 Milton Street, Moorfields. The pub existed from at least 1793. At 12 Little Moorfields in 1874 and earlier; aka Woolpack & Railway Tavern in 1899 & 1910, and at 15 Moorfields from at least 1899. This pub closed in 1964.

1937 Jan 11 Died London. He was in Sanitorium Belvedere in Switzerland of TB. The Belvedere was one of a number of large hospitals for the treatment of Tuberculosis using heliotherapy according to the practices of Doctor Rollier. Most of the Leysin sanatoriums treated non-pulmonary forms of tuberculosis that responded well to treatment and were less contagious. However, the Belvedere sanatorium specialised in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.