STOUT, Thomas T
Territorial Force, 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry; 5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
4349; 203263; 4438804
Thomas' army records suggest he was born on 21.6.1898. His father was also called Thomas Stout.
The 1891 Census (the year before Thomas' birth) shows a Thomas Stout, aged 50, a head of family, widower and Hawker by trade, living in Startforth. He had a daughter called Frances (a flax mill worker, aged 18) and sons called William (a Green Grocer's Assistant, aged 16) and James (aged 13). The 1901 Census shows a Thomas Stout, head of family, widower and hawker of drapery, living in Bridgegate in Barnard Castle. The 1911 census shows a Thomas Stout, aged 69, head of family, widower and auctioneer's labourer, living in Barnard Castle. It is possible that this is Thomas' father and family. Thomas doesn't appear to have been living with this head of family at the time of the 1901 or 1911 censuses, although Thomas' subsequent army records give his address as Bridgegate, Barnard Castle.
21st June 1898
Thomas enlisted in the Territorial Force on 25.10.1915 and was posted to the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry with Service No. 4349. He spent the war on the Home Front. He was transferred on 1.9.1916 (no indication as to where). From 9.4.1917 his records suggest his rank changed to Bugler. After the war ended, Thomas was granted 28 days' furlough on 2.1.1919 and was transferred the 5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry as a soldier not remaining with the colours with Service No. 203263. He was demobilised on 30.1.1919. He appears to have re-enlisted at the age of 22 years and 31 days on 21.7.1920 and was again posted the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, this time with Service No. 4438804. He was eventually discharged on 20 July 1921.