Thomas Toplis Shipston (1877–1922)


Kings Own Scottish Borderers 23596 & 5075 2/5th Battalion

Thomas and his brother George were the sons of William and Sarah Shipston (Shipstone). William was a Crich grocer who died in March 1877, aged forty-three, when his children were still very young.
Born in 1877, Thomas worked as a stonemason before serving in the forces.

Pension Document
Application for Discharge of a Recruit as not likely to become an Efficient Soldier
2/5 KOSB 23596 (crossed out) 5075 Shipstone Thomas T
Aged 39 years but looks 10 years older;
A list of medical terms – not attributable to military service
Discharge recommended 15/5/16, Chelmsford

He is buried in St Mary's churchyard.

Photo courtesy Simon Johnson

Headsone for Thomas Shipston at Crich

Thomas Shipston's brother George Shipston is also on the Roll of Honour.


1881: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Mary Shipston Head wdw 39 Grocer Pentrich
Mary   daughter 9   Crich
George   son 5   Crich
Thomas   son 3   Crich

RG11 piece 3414 folio 182 page 5

1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Sarah Shipston Head (wdr) 59 Own means Pentrich
William   son 32 Farmer Crich
George   son 25 Wheelwright Crich
Thomas   son 23 Stone Mason Crich
Anne Scarf visitor (wdw) 35 Infant teacher Brighton

RG13 piece 3231 folio 23 page 37

1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Shipston Head 42 Farmer Crich
Mary   sister 39 Housekeeper Crich
George   brother 17 Wheelwright Crich
Thomas   brother 33 Stonemason Crich
Ina Alicia Scarff visitor (wdw) 49 Elementary School Teacher Brighton

RG14PN20983 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED12 SN53