Thomas Wallace TENCH

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Hello

Can any one help me with a photograph of the war memorial or personal plaque to

Pte Thomas Wallace TENCH 1704 2 Light Horse Field Ambulance Australian Army who died in Egypt 1 September 1916

I have all other relevant info but no memorial photograph of his name commemorated in the church

Any help much appreciated

PHILIP

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Hello Philip,

I do not have what you are asking for but my name is Michael Tench and the name is not a common one and there are not many people researching that surname. I have a lot of detail about the various branches of the larger TENCH family across the UK and we have cousins in Australia too. So your posting is of great interest to me and I would be pleased to know how and why you are posting it on the Shropshire website. This would indicate that Thomas Wallace TENCH would have connections to the Shropshire TENCH's.

I see from the CWGC website that he died on Sep 1st 1916 and is commemorated on the KANTARA War Memorial Cemetary in Egypt but his family are not mentioned so I would love to know what part of Shropshire he came from and I could visit the location and churches to see if he is commemorated anywhere but you do not say exactly where in Shropshire he is from.

I would like to help you and would be intrigued to learn more about him but I do not recall from memory that name and I wonder if he was registered just as Thomas TENCH as there are several who would of the age range to have fought in WW1.

So any information as to his family and places and connections would be much appreciated please and I may then be able to establish which branch he is from.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Michael Tench

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Hello Michael

Thank you for replying to my ask

My reason for information i-e War memorial picture from the church at Easthope Shropshire is that I am researching Australians commemorated on Shropshire WW1 War Memorials

All I have is that Thomas Wallace TENCH 1704, Austalian Army Medical Corps died of Dysentry 1 September 1916, aged 25, formerly resided at 4 Hill Top, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, and was the brother of Mrs. EVANS of Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, Manchester 

This information taken from the Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News 22 December 1917

My hope is that he as a Memorial or Commemorated in the Church at Easthope.

PHILIP

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Hello Philip

I can confirm that there is something bearing the name of Thomas TENCH and the correct date at Easthope church but I don't know what it is or whether it is inside the church or outside.  There is also reference to Samuel and Sarah TENCH.

Mike

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Thanks Mike

at least I am halfway there

PHILIP

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Hi Philip,

Your Thomas Tench is almost certainly the son of Samuel Tench and Sarah Wood who married in 1875 in Chetton and had 9 children with Thomas being the 7th. He was born in 1892 in Stanton Long and can trace his family in that area to a Richard Tench (Gent) living there in 1454.

I have not yet followed all their children but there are several possibilities for the Mrs Evans of Manchester namely Lucy b1878, Mary Ann b1880, Elizabeth b1886, Edith Sarah b1889 and Alice b1894.

Alice married an Albert William Smith and I think emigrated to Australia ! If you could contact her descendants then they may possibly have a photograph,

Edith Sarah married a Samuel Ernil in 1915 in Church Stretton

Elizabeth married a William Henry Daniels in 1910 in Church Stretton

Mary Ann no knowledge yet - possibly her marriage could have been to an Evans?

Lucy likely married a John Rafferty in 1918 in Northwich, Cheshire - not confirmed.

I am not in touch with anyone of this family but will look for connections but that will take some time.

Your best bet could be Alice Tench in Australia.

Regards and hope this helps a little

Mike

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Philip,

There is a gravestone in the Church graveyard to Samuel Tench and Sarah Tench (nee Wood) and their son Thomas - Corpl - A I F - Died in Egypt - Sep 1st 1916 - Aged 25

This is what Mike Hulme is mentioning above

this is a photo 

corfield photos.IMG_0001

1932

Easthope, Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Headstone of Sarah Tench (ne Wood) & husband Samuel Tench located at the back of the church. Headstone only remains - the stones & surround no longer there. This grave is still tended by the family.

Michael Tench

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Philip,

Details for Alice Smith nee Tench who sailed for Adelaide in 1926 with her husband Albert William Smith and son Albert Eric Smith born 1906 in Easthope, Shropshire. Hopefully he married and his descendants could have a photo of Alice's brother Thomas. Good hunting

Kind regards

Michael Tench

Viz

Name

Mrs Alice Smith

Gender

Female

Age

32

Birth Date

abt 1894

Departure Date

22 Jul 1926

Port of Departure

London, England

Destination Port

Adelaide, Australia

Ship Name

Berrima

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Berrima

Shipping Line

Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co

Official Number

135332

Master

Captain Le Short

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Philip

Found this caption to a picture of Alice Smith nee Tench posted by a Marion Corfield, probably in Australia, and she is likely to be a descendant of Alice and Albert via Albert Eric Smith - fingers crossed for you.

 

Alice Tench married Albert Smith & they went to Australia and named their house EASTHOPE.

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Regards

Michael Tench

 

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Philip

Realise I have a wrong birth date for Albert Eric Smith 

not 1906 but should be 1921 as he is 5 when emigrating to Australia

Apologies  

Michael Tench

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Philip,

Emigration details for Thomas Tench

First name(s) Thos
Last name Tench
Gender Male
Marital status S
Occupation LABOURER
Departure year 1911
Departure day 22
Departure month 12
Departure port Liverpool
Destination port Brisbane
Destination BRISBANE
State Queensland
Country Australia