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Toms, A W

Estaires Communal Cemetery

Estaires Communal Cemetery, near Armentieres.

Arthur Woodland Toms

Family memorial in St Saviour's Church, Jersey.

Educated at Victoria College, Jersey
Commemorated on family memorial in St Saviours Churchyard, Jersey
Commemorated on OV Memorial, Jersey
and St Luke's Church Memorial, Jersey

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 3 December 1914



Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Arthur Woodland Toms

Lieutenant Arthur Woodland Toms
3rd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment

1914 Star

Arthur Woodland Toms

Son of Frederick Woodland & Emily S E Toms, of Claremont Terrace, St. Helier, Jersey.

Accidentally killed, aged 22 years

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 3 December 1914

Death of an Old Victorian. We regret to announce that on 27 November 1914 Lieutenant Arthur Woodland Toms 3rd Devonshire Regiment attached to 2nd Scottish Rifles (Cameronians) on service with the British Expeditionary Force in Flanders was accidentally killed. The deceased who was the second son of Mr F W Toms, States Analyst, was educated at Victoria College where he was a Prefect and Vice Captain of the football team in 1908/9; he was a Sergeant in the OTC and a member of the shooting team. Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) in 3rd Devons (Special Reserve) in February 1912 he obtained his Lieutenancy in February last. He was Captain of the Young Soldiers shooting team of his Regiment in 1913 and 1914. He was preparing for service in the Colonial Office and received an offer of an appointment in West Africa from the Secretary of State for the Colonies three days before the declaration of war. The deceased was only 23 years of age

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