Capt. Thomas Leonard Boden MC and bar

He lost an arm in WW1

1885 Oct 17. Born Birmingham

1891 census at 18, Grove Terrace, Handsworth

1901 census at 18, Grove Terrace Grove Lane, Handsworth

1905 Nov 1. . enlistment in Coldstream Guards from Service no.

1911 census at 189 Grove Lane Handsworth (one of MIC addresses)

1913 Oct 4. Married Emily Culleton at Windsor, Berks (30 May 1914 a daughter Mary Lesley Boden born)

1914 Oct 1. The undermentioned Warrant and Non- Commissioned Officers to be Second Lieutenants for service in the field: —The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) . Serjeant Thomas Leonard Boden.

1915 Feb 22. 2nd Lt to be Lt. The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). T. L. Boden

1915 Dec 2. The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Lieutenant T. L. Boden to be Adjutant.

1916 Jan 29. The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Lieutenant Thomas L. Boden to be temporary Captain, supernumerary to establishment. Dated

1916 Jun Born son Anthony M C Boden (Culleton listed as mother) . The Times report says 2 children,

1916 Jun 15 MID gazetted.

1917 Jan 1. MC Gazetted

1917 Jan 1. Midd'x R — The undermentioned Lts to be Capts T L Boden, M C , Adt

1917 Apr 23 At 7am, "Lt. Col. A.G.DAWSON was killed by a machine gun bullet, Capt. Adjutant T.L BODEN. M.C. took over command."

1917 Apr 23 at 9 am. Capt. T.L. BODEN M.C. was badly wounded by shrapnel. ?/? P.W. SMITH took over command of the Battalion At this time communication with Brigade and other formations was very difficult, and information of the position was very indefinite.

1917 Aug 16 Bar to MC gazetted "Capt. Thomas Leonard Boden, M.C., Midd'x. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As Adjutant, he led two companies through heavy fire, and showed great skill in his dispositions. He then returned through the barrage, and heroically directed the advance of the remaining companies. (M.C. gazetted 1st January, 1917.)

1917 Apr 23 Loss of an arm in action

1919 Nov 21. Midd'x R. — Capt. T. L. Boden, M.C., retires, receiving a gratuity.

1919 He is co-respondant in divorce case. Divorce Court File: 3752. Appellant: Walter James Baker. Respondent: Mary Ellen Baker. Co-respondent: Thomas L Boden. Type: Husband's petition for divorce

She was born 1891 as Mary Ellen Parker in Kings Norton

1920 Nov 20 . Sentenced to 7 days in prison for abandoning his wife and 2 children.

1920 Dec 8. Joined ADRIC with service no 1193. Posted L Coy

1921 May 28 Posted R Coy

1921 Jun 3 Forfeits 6 days pay

Fined £1 by Coy Commander

1921 Oct 30 Admitted to Stevens Hospital

1921 Dec 3. Posted E Coy

1922 Jan 24 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1923 Mar 17 He still has not supported his family

1923 a son John L Boden born Kings Norton, with mother Parker

1927 Jun Applies fr a Insurance Rep 's job . He is living at Yardley Wood, Birmingham

1929 Electoral Roll. Living at 100 Brixton Rd, Lambeth with Mary Ellen Boden (presumably Mary Ellen Baker in 1919 divorce, her maiden name is Parker. Either way, they do not seem to have married, nor did he seem to divorce Emily Culleton )

1930 Jun 4 Solicitors are trying to serve a summons on him

1932 Electoral Roll living at 92 Christchurch Rd, Tulse Hill with Mary Ellen Boden. I assume this is Mary Ellen Baker cited in 1919 divorce

1935 Feb 23. He is working on the British Museum Staff.

1938 Oct 14. Authorities are still pursuing him

1939 Register. He is living at 370 Two Mile Hill Road , Bristol C.B., Gloucestershire. He is a lecturer in Archaeology at British Museum & a retired Army Captain. He is married but no wife present

1942 on Electoral Roll living with Grace A Boden at Thornbury, Gloucs

1947 electoral roll. Living in Thornbury Glocs with Grace A Boden

1947 Oct 10 His wife Emily tries to trace him. This says they married 4 Oct 1913 and she last saw him in 1939

1951 Married at Hitchin, Herts to Betty Garner This is the only other marriage on registers, but I have no idea if this is our man.

1953 Nov 24 Tries to get more pension

1961 Dec 20 Died Epping, Essex. Died of CCF secondary to Rheumatic Heart Disease with Mitral Incompetence - St Margaret's Hospital, Epping

1963 his estranged wife Emily died


The family are still looking for him I am trying gather information on my grandfather, Thomas Leonard Boden who died in Epping around 1961. He was estranged from my grandmother, Emily Culleton after WWI and I believe he married again and had a family. Any information would be useful.