The following records have been discerned for Private Thomas Hartley by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry. Son of Mary Ellen Hughes and James Brennan Hartley. Listed among those on Barnardo Homes 'Faithful Unto Death' report of the 677 boys who gave their lives in World War One.
England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
Name: Mary Ellen Hughes
Marital Status: Single
Birth Date: 1872
Marriage Date: 22 Nov 1891
Marriage Place: St. Peter'S Church, Everton, Lancashire, England
Father: Georges Hughes, Warehouse Man
Spouse: James Brennan Hartley, Carter (35)
Spouse's Father: Thomas Hartley, Cotton Porter
FHL Film Number: 1656021
Reference ID: it3, p203, no405
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name: Thomas Hartley
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1894
Registration district: Liverpool
Inferred County: Lancashire
Liverpool, England, Baptisms, 1813-1906
Name: Thomas Hartley
Birth Date: 19 Apr 1894
Baptism Date: 3 May 1894
Parish: Liverpool, St Peter
Father's Name: James Hartley, Carter
Mother's name: Mary Ellen Hartley
Reference Number: 283 PET/2/93
Address: Northfield Road
1901 English Census records place the family of Mary and James Hartley in Holy Trinity, Islington, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. In residence were their children Thomas (7), James (4) and Margaret (1). James was a house builder labourer by trade.
Library and Archives Canada
Given Name(s): Thomas
Ship: NEW ENGLAND
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1902-07-17
Port of Arrival: Boston
Date of Arrival: 1902-07-25
Year of Arrival: 1902
Party: Barnardo Homes
Destination: Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario
Comments: A large party of about 400 children. This list can also be found on Family History Library microfilm #1404177.
Type of Records: Other Government of Canada records
Microfilm Reel Number: C-4715
Children travelling together: X02AA
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76, Vol. 51, File 2209, part 1, Documents from Immigration Branch, Central Registry Files
Item Number: 99221
1911 English Census records for sibling James Hartley placed him as an Inmate in the Holy Trinity Industrial School Boy's Home at 67-73/77 Grafton Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. James was 14 years of age born about 1897 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
Attestation papers were signed 13 Dec 1915 in Uxbridge, Ontario. Thomas Hartley was born 19 Apr 1894 in Liverpool, England. He was a Farmer by trade in Uxbridge, Ontario. His Next of Kin was his Foster Father, Philip Bovair of Bracebridge, Ontario. 5'8" in height with blue eyes and light coloured hair, he had scars on both of his knees. His religion was noted as Methodist.
Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he had previously been reported as dangerously ill, and then Died of Wounds after suffering gunshot wounds to his right arm and right side at No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station, Bruay-la-Bussiere, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His Next of Kin was his Foster Father, Philip Bovair of Bracebridge, Ontario. He was buried in Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, Bruay-la-Bussiere, Nord Pas de Calais, France. Plot: F. 27.
In addition to his Military Memorial, his Foster Father had written upon his grave, "His heart was good his spirit brave his resting place a soldier's grave".
Ups and Downs Magazine for Barnardo homes published in Canada noted that Thomas Hartley had come to Canada in 1902 and had died of wounds in their Jan 1918 edition.
Find A Grave Memorial# 56402293