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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
Person Details
Newark, Nottinghamshire
Thomas Tourney was born in Newark, Notts in 1881, the son of George Tourney and Eliz Jane Houghton. Some time after 1884, Geogre Tourney died and by 1891, widow Elizabeth and her 4 children, were living with her parents in Newark and making ends meet as a charwoman. When he was 18 years old, Thomas was attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment and was embodied and appointed by November 1900. He signed for 7 years and 5 on reserve. He was appointed as a Postman to Worksop in Feb 1910 and July 1910. By 1911, (whilst on reserve), he was living as a boarder at 183 Gateford Rd, Worksop, with George and Clara Knight and working as a postman
25 Aug 1915
158187 - CWGC Website
7028
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. Tom Tournay Worksop Guardian 3 September 1915 It is common knowledge that in Worksop and district, postmen have nobly answered the call of King and country, and more that one has made the supreme sacrifice of his life. On Tuesday, news came to hand of yet another local postman, who have filled a soldiers grave. It is Pte Tom Tourney, of Gateford Road, Worksop, of the second Notts and Derby Regiment, who was killed in action in France on August 25th. He is a snipers victim and was shot through the head. Pte. Tournay went through the battle of Hooge, and it was pleasing to be informed that the rumour freely spread about the town that he was wounded during the battle was the ‘news’ which only existed in distorted minds of those who spread it. He never received a scratch during that battle. Now comes news of his death. The unfortunate and distressing news was conveyed on Tuesday to Mr and Mrs Alec Stringfellow, of 12 Devonshire Street, Worksop by Ton’s fiancée, Miss Elvidge of Ollerton Road, Retford. When the intelligence was received it created a shock, and feelings of heartfelt regret amongst his colleagues. There is consolation, however. He died a glorious death , upholding the brave traditions of our army, and fighting for those ideals with which the British Empire is synonymous – honour, freedom and liberty. We may be very sure that Tom died as he had lived – a genial, well conducted young man. Very popular with his colleagues, he was also highly respected by a large number of the inhabitants. Tom “worked” the Apley Head district. Pte Tournay was a popular member of St Mary’s R.C. Church and was also connected with St Phillips R.C. Club. Pte. Tom Tournay Worksop Guardian 10 September 1915 Further details are to hand of how Pte T Tournay of Gateford Road, Worksop , a postman, met his death in action, which was reported in our last issue. He was shot through the head by a sniper whilst on fatigue duty. Tournay, who was a native of Newark was a Reservist, his first regiment being the Lincoln Militia, which he joined preparatory to joining a line regiment, and afterwards transferred to the 1st Notts and Derby Regiment Sherwood Foresters and with them saw over eight years foreign service including India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pekin etc. and after his return home served on the reserve. On assuming civil life he was appointed a postman in Worksop, from where he was called to his regiment on the outbreak of hostilities, proceeding to Derby and from thence to Plymouth crossing over to France on November 12th. His letters home were always of a cheerful description and in one written a short time ago he marvelled at having gone through such fierce encounters without a scratch – only now to fall from a blow in the dark, as it were. He was expected home at any time on leave. A sad feature was the fact that he was engaged to be married to Miss Elvidge, whose home is in Ollerton Road, Retford, but who for a time has been employed at The Garage, Winthorpe, and was contemplating getting married during his leave. Great sympathy will be felt for the soldiers mother, relatives and fiancée in their bereavement.
a.k.a. Tourney, Tournay, Townay Enlisted 16/8/1901 Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
    Thomas Tournay - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery,Belgium Courtesy of Murray Biddle ,
    Thomas Tournay - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery,Belgium Courtesy of Murray Biddle ,