Maddams, Thomas Cowley

Maddams, Thomas Cowley MSM



Military History:


Regiment:                               Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Rank:                                      Sergeant

Regimental Number:              SE/2278

Date of Enlisting:                    28.12.1914

Date of death:                        24.5.1967

Cemetery/ Memorial:   

UK Cemetery/Memorial:        St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Charles enlisted with his brother, Harry, at Woolwich on 30th December 1914 with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Regimental Number 2278 and was attested and posted as a horsekeeper.  Charles was sent to the Western Front, France and Flanders on 6th January 1915 with the 1/4th Divisional Ammunition Company, 4th Division. He was promoted to Acting Sergeant on 4th September 1915. Charles was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished service in the field on 27th June 1918 and promoted to Sergeant. He survived the War and was transferred to the Reserves on 20th April 1919.  He died on 24th May 1967.

Charles was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                13.4.1885

Birth Place:                   Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Residence:                    London, England and Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Marriage:                      (1) 27.8.1911  (2) 1st quarter 1953


Charles was the third son of Thomas Priest Maddams and Kate Elizabeth (nee Cowley) Maddams, born at Biggleswade, Bedfordshire on 13th April 1885.  It is assumed he was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell because his brother Herbert was a pupil there.  Before enlisting Charles was a carpenter on a dairy farm in North London.

Charles married Jane Draper Cummings at Greenwich, London on 27th August 1911.  They had one son, Charles H Maddams born in the 4th quarter 1923.  Jane died on 26th March 1943 and Charles moved back to Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.  Charles married Elizabeth Hancock in the first quarter 1953 at Biggleswade. The electoral rolls of 1957 show them living in Dunton, Bedfordshire.

Charles died on 24th May 1967.


Charles’s brother Herbert George died in action on the Western Front, France and Flanders in 1917. His brother Harry Stephen served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and survived the war.



Name:Thomas Cowley Maddams MSM
Birth Place:Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
Residence:London and Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
Death Date:24.5.1967
Enlistment Place:Woolwich, London, UK
Regiment:Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Battalion:3/14 Divisional Ammunition Company, 4th Division
Regimental Number:2278
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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