|Army Service Corps||T4/172768|
Photo courtesy Brenda Street
Thomas Noel Higton was not on the original Roll of Honour, his name came to light during research into Crich men who served. We know he lived at Plaistow Green, Crich during 1918 and he was living in Crich during the 1930s. In 1922 he married Edith Florence Mary JULIAN and he died on 27 Aug 1952 aged 64.
He was baptised at Wirksworth 11 March 1889, mother Julia Higton.
Nick Higton, who has a one-name study of the HIGTON family at http://higton.one-name.net/index.php, added the following information on Noel:
In the 1901 and 1911 censuses he was recorded as WHEELDON. What makes this slightly odd is that his mother, Julia, had died in 1896, and her daughter, Maud WHEELDON was then living with her grandmother, Ann Higton, in 1901 Census. Ann died in 1902 so, in the 1911 census, Maud was living with her aunt, Phillis HIGTON.
So, if Julia's legitimate child, Maud, was placed with relatives in Alderwasley after Julia's death, why not her illegitimate child, Thomas Noel?
It appears that Thomas Noel temporarily took his step-father's name, as he is in the 1901 census as Noel WHEELDON, living (or perhaps just visiting) in Manchester with his aunt, Mary ORME (Julia's sister) and her policeman husband, Daniel.
In the 1911 census, still as Noel WHEELDON, he is back in Crich and with his step-father. Perhaps he had to revert his birth surname when he joined up?
He appears on a record of the repatriation of wounded/ill soldiers. The stamp on the form is for the Royal Garrison Artillery, Dover, it states that he was suffering from N.A.D, and had been discharged from the No 1 South African General Hospital, Abbeville on 07 Jan 1918. There were three army hospitals in Abbeville at this time, and there is more detail here:
His unit is given as the "ASC. MT. 76 Co". This is Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport, and 76 Co was "Pre-war. Ammunition Park for 3rd Cavalry Division. Later, became 7 GHQ Reserve MT Company". However, the "T4" in front of his Service Number signifies either that he was enlisted into the fourth New Army, or that he was one of the men affected by the compulsory transfer in 1916 of men who were serving in ASC units of the Territorial Force on to regular army terms. See http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-army-service-corps-in-the-first-world-war/army-service-corps-mechanical-transport-companies/
It is possible that he was in the Territorials before the war, in the part of the ASC supporting the cavalry. After he was called up, he was placed in the Mechanical Transport section of the ASC.
172768; Pte Higton N T; ASC; MT 76-Co; N.A.D.; Dis.ex 1 Sth.Afric.Gen.H. Abbeville; 7th Jan '18
1918 Crich voters
Noel Thomas Higton, Plaistow Green absent on military service.
Medal Roll Index Card
Higton Noel T, awarded the Victory and British War medals.
1891 Oak Hill, Wigwell, Alderwasley
1901 17, New York Street; South Manchester
1911 Moorwood Moor, Crich
|Samuel||Wheeldon||Head (widower)||56||Colliery labourer||Moorwood Moor|
RG14PN20982 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED11 SN236
1939 Register: Cliff House, Crich
Noel T Higton b.16 December 1888; spar miner, heavy work
Florence (Edith FM) b.30 December 1899
Joyce (E) Newborough (Higton) b.14 July 1922; tape sorter
Evelyn Cook (Parkin, Higton) b.18 July 1935; school
Samuel (Henry) Fantom b.1 May 1905; gannister getter, heavy work
three closed records