Thomas William Oatway

Company Sergeant Major
Coldstream Guards
Date of death 
14 September 1914
Age of death 
Grove Road
E11 3AN
Address source 
1891 Census
Local memorial 
Cemetery / Memorial 

Thomas William Oatway was born in 1879 to Thomas and Annie Oatway. He had two sisters, Annie and Harriet, and a brother, James. The family lived at Tylney Road Cottages, George Lane, Wanstead, in 1881. By 1891, twelve year old Thomas had left school and was working as a servant for Mr. and Mrs. Bowler of Grove Road, Wanstead.

The 1901 census records Thomas as being a Lance Corporal with the Coldstream Guards. Within ten years, he had progressed to Colour Sergeant. Thomas married in 1904. In 1911, he was again living in army barracks with his regiment.

By the time the war broke out in 1914, Thomas was a Drill Sergeant. He was sent to France with the Coldstream Guards but was killed in action on the 14th September 1914. His name appears on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.

Research by Redbridge Museum


Commonwealth War Graves Commission