Thomas BODDINGTON came from three generations of cobblers, "lasters" and "welt-sewers" employed in the shoe-making industry that flourished in Northampton after the beginning of the 19th Century. He broke away from family tradition however, and left Northampton to become a career soldier, enlisting in the Royal (Field) Artillery at the age of 17.
1. Census: UK Census 1911, Mar 1911, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. 5
2. Military Service: Attestation Royal Artillery, 2 Jun 1920, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. 6
3. Military Service: Royal (Field) Artillery, 1920-1933, The Uk And India. 7
4. Military Award: North West Frontier Medal (India) and clasp, 1928-1938, Fort Sandeman And Landi Khotal.
5. Military Service: Transfer to Imdia Unattached List, appointed Sub-Conductor, Jul 1932, Madras, (Chennai) Tamil Nadu, India.
6. Military Service: Indian Army (secondment to RIASC), 1933-1948, India.
7. Military Award: Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (India), 1939, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.
8. Military Service: Active service with IVth Corps, Burma and Assam, 1942-1944, Burma, Assam (Gahauti and Shillong).
9. Military Award: General Service Medal 1939-1945 (Burma and India), Dec 1945, Gauhati, Assam, India.
10. Repatriation: United Kingdom (ex India via Troopship "Empire Ken"), Nov 1948, Liverpool, England.
11. Military Discharge: with Hon. rank of Major, Aug 1949, Coventry, Warwicks, England.
Thomas married Dorothy May INGRAM, daughter of Alfred George INGRAM and Ellen Millicent BULLOCK, on 9 Feb 1932 in St Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Madras (Chenai) Tamil Nadu, India.1 2 (Dorothy May INGRAM was born on 9 Aug 1910 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan 8, christened on 27 Aug 1910 in St. Mary's Church, Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan,9 died on 31 Dec 1994 in Stavely House Rest Home, Coventry, Warwicks, England 10 and was cremated on 7 Jan 1995 in Canley, Coventry, Warwicks, England.)
1 Certified true copy of an entry in the Register of Marriages (Thomas Boddington and Dorothy May Ingram) (Garrison Chaplain, Fort St. George, Madras, St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Madras (Chenai) dated 17 Feb 1931). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 1999, Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2005.
2 Parish Register Transcripts from the Presidency of Madras. (Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London). Rec. Date: 11 May 2001, IOR Ref: Z/N/2/151-152 (1932). Cit. Date: 14 Jun 2001.
3 Certified true copy of an entry of Birth (Thomas Boddington) (Supt. Registrar, Northampton reference D 4723/92 dated 23 November 1928). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 2002, Cit. Date: 13 Jan 2005.
4 Certified copy of an entry of Death of Thomas Boddington (Register Office, Metropolitan District of Coventry Entry No. 53 dated 11 June 1984). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 1999, Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2005.
5 Census of persons living at 22 Althorp Street, St. Giles, Northampton, Northamptonshire in March 1911 (National Archives Census Records 1911 RG76/PN433 Northamptonshire, SD1 ED7 SN206). Rec. Date: 14 Dec 2001, Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2009.
6 War Department (Ministry of Defence) United Kingdom, Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942 (Northampton, England. 6 June 1920). Rec. Date: 12 Jan 1999, Cit. Date: 9 May 1999.
7 "Statement of Army Service - Thomas Boddington"; Ministry of Defence (AG11), London. Cit. Date: 13 Jan 2001.
8 Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bengal, 1713-1948 India. (Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London). Rec. Date: 17 Jan 2002, IOR Ref: Z/N/1/366 folio 287. Cit. Date: 24 Jan 1998.
9 Certified true copy of a birth in the Register of Baptisms (Dorothy May Ingram) (Chaplain of Quetta, St Mary's Church Register of Baptisms dated 27 August 1910). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 2002, Cit. Date: 13 Jan 2005.
10 Certified copy of an entry of Death (Dorothy May Boddington) (Register Office, Metropolitan District of Coventry Entry 154 dated 3 Jan 1995). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 1995, Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2005.
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