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Thomas Povey (1895 - 1917)

Thomas Povey aka Prescott
Born in St Helens, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Died at about age 22 in Francemap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Aug 2018
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Thomas Povey was born in about 1895 in St Helens, Lancashire. He was the son of Elizabeth (Burrows) Povey, and probably of William Prescott (see notes below).

Thomas' mother married William Prescott on June 5th 1897 at Christ Church, Eccleston (Anglican). Both had been married before. William was 51 and a miner; Elizabeth was 42. William was living at 49 Grafton Street, Eccleston, and Elizabeth at 45 Grafton Street.

By March 31st 1901, William and Elizabeth were living at 19 College Street. William was working as a coal miner. Three of his children from William's first marriage were in the household - Richard (20, and working as a coal miner), Charles (15, and a general labourer) and Maggie (12). One of Elizabeth's children from her first marriage was also in the household - John Povey (12). Then there were Thomas (6) and Annie (2), probably both children of William & Elizabeth.

Thomas' father William died in 1910, aged 63. He was buried on June 5th 1910 in St Helens Cemetery.

By April 2nd 1911, Thomas' mother Elizabeth was still living in St Helens, and was now the head of the family. Two stepchildren were living with her - Charles Prescott, who at 25 had already been widowed, and Maggie Prescott aged 22. Charles was working as a coal miner. Two children from her first marriage were in the household - Peter Povey (31 and a coal miner) and Jack Povey (22 and a coal miner). Both were married; Peter's wife Ellen was also living there, but Jack's wife wasn't there on census night. There were also two children from her second marriage - Thomas (16, and a glass examiner) and Annie (12), and a visitor, William Foster aged 18 (a glass works bench winder).

When the First World War broke out, Thomas joined the South Lancashire Regiment. They arrived in France on 13 Feb 1915. Thomas died of wounds on 6 Dec 1917, aged 22, by which time he had become a Sergeant. He was buried at St Souplet British Cemetery. He is also commemorated on the Pilkington's Roll of Honour as their employee - they still manufacture glass in St Helens, but apparently they also had one or more collieries at that time, and Thomas was working as a collier before he went to war.

Research Notes

Memorial Inscription

His father's identity is somewhat uncertain - Elizabeth's husband Christopher Povey had died in 1889, so he isn't his son. It's likely his father was William Prescott, since in the 1901 census he is listed as Thomas Prescott and as the son of the head of the household (William Prescott), while John Povey was listed as William's stepson. In 1911, again he was listed with surname Prescott, but both he and John Povey were listed as William's sons. However his legal surname was Povey, and was used in his birth registration and his military records, and the St Helens Roll of Honour website has therefore assumed him to be William's stepson. The CWGC entry lists him as the son of William and Elizabeth Prescott.


  • Burial Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 12 November 2019), memorial page for Serjeant T Povey (unknown–6 Dec 1917), Find A Grave: Memorial #24760442, citing Saint Souplet British Cemetery, Saint-Souplet, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ; Maintained by IWPP Custodial Account (contributor 48586138) .
  • "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), William Prescott, St Helens, Lancashire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing St Helens subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 August 2017), Charles Prescott in household of Elizabeth Prescott, St Helens, Helens, Lancashire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
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