Thomas William Fineron : 1891-1916
This story has no happy ending, Thomas William Fineron was a member of the third battalion of the Coldstream Guards who fought in the Great War, Private Fineron 16531. He died, aged just 26, on 26th September 1916. He was the only son of Thomas and Annie Fineron of Shipton in York. Thomas is buried at the Guards’ Cemetery in Lesboeufs, the Somme, in France.
Thomas had been born in 1891, the son of Thomas Fineron and Annie Fineron. Thomas senior had been born in Shipton in 1863 and spent his life as an agricultural and general labourer. Thomas senior was the grandson of Ann Fineron, and son of William and Ellen Fineron.
Thomas senior was the oldest child of the family, having younger brothers William and John. After Thomas left school he went to work as an indoor gardener at Beningbrough Hall, just outside Shipton, now managed by the National Trust.
Thomas William’s mother, Annie, was the housewife, born in Yorkshire in 1863. Thomas and Annie had been married in 1890, and Thomas was to be their only child, born a year later.
Thomas Fineron senior was tragically killed on 6th November 1936 in a traffic accident when he was knocked off his bike and died from the injuries he incurred. He was aged 73, never knowing that the war to end all wars, at which he lost his only child, had failed and World War Two was on the horizon. Annie died aged 79, in 1942.