Thomas Britland


Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regiment)   16th (Chatsworth Rifles)
Royal Scots 352948 2/9th Battalion

Lea Mills postcard

Photo of Thomas Britland

His cap badge shows Sherwood Foresters; newspaper report dated 2 Oct 1915 stated he was in the Chatsworth Rifles.
Written records only show him with the Royal Scots.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
R.Scots 352948, 11th & 13th Battalions

Thomas Britland was a Cromford man and is on the Cromford Roll of Honour. He joined the forces on 27 September 1915. When with the Royal Scots he was posted to Kilworth in County Cork, Ireland from where he went to France

After the war he returned to work at Lea Mills.

His brother Robert Charles Britland (who did not work at Lea Mills); Died Wed, 15 September 1915, aged twenty. Private, Sherwood Foresters. Son of Robert and Mary Britland of 88 The Hill, Cromford. Cemetery: Pieta Military Cemetary, Malta.
A Derbyshire Times report stated that Robert died in hospital in Malta of enteric fever. It also made reference to Thomas.

Derbyshire Times, 2 October 1915
photo Robert BritlandA popular Comford young man, Private Robert Charles Britland, of the 9th Sherwood Foresters, had died in hospital at Malta from enteric. His parents, Mr and Mrs Robert Britland, of Cromford Hill, had a wire on the 16th Sept acquainting them if his illness. They immediately telegraphed for further particulars, and on Monday another wire came to hand staing that his death took place from enteric fever on the 15th Sept. The deceased enlisted on the 19th August last year and went to the Dardanelles with the 9th Sherwood Foresters at the beginning of July. He was 20 years of age. Before enlisting he worked for Mr J. Sheppard, farmer, of Cromford. A brother of his, Pvte. T Britland is with the Chatsworth Rifles. A cousin, Pvte Harry Britland also of the 9th Sherwoods and son of Mr and Mrs Charles Britland, has been wounded in the arm and leg, but is now making gratifying progress towards recovery in a London hospital.

Thomas's brother Frederick Britland also worked at Lea Mills and served in WW1.

Letters to J B Marsden Smedley

D Coy 2/9th Batt Royal Scots, Braintree, Essex
Dear Sirs,
I have the pleasure to answer your parcel which I received quite safe a few days since, thanking you for your most kind gift which I am sure any young man would be glad to receive at the present time, hoping that by this time next year all the young men will be at home and everything running as they were three years since, wishing you every success through this bad time, thanking you and all concerned for your gift,
Believe me
Pte T Britland

23rd Oct 1916
Dear Britland,
I have sent you a parcel of eatables from Austin, Grocer, Derby, which I hope you will safely receive, and I shall be pleased to have a letter from you telling me how you are and whether the contents of the parcel are what you like. I have taken some trouble in choosing these contents and should like to know whether what has been chosen is liked, so that I can have some guide when I next want to send you a parcel. I fear the War is not over yet and that you may be some time away, but I should like you to know that you are not forgotten and from time to time should like to send you a parcel. If you want any hosiery or a waistcoat write and let me know and I will do my best to send what you want. I believe all the Derbyshire men are to have a parcel at Christmas, sent by a Committee, of which the Duke of Devonshire is Chairman. They have been asking for subscriptions and you will have to look out that you get your parcel. I hope you are well and that you may have good luck and safe return.
Yours very truly
J B Marsden-Smedley

Pte Tom Britland, 30967,
D. Coy Sherwood Foreseters
14th I B Dep A. P. O Sec 24
B.E.F France

D Coy 2/9 R Scots
Moor Park, Killworth, C Cork, Ireland
Dear Sir
A few lines to thank you for your kind present which I received quite safe, wishing you and your employees every success, in the New Year again thanking you, and believe me,
Yours truly
T Brittland

When a parcel of food reached his depot in France during October 1916 Thomas was home on leave. His 'chums' not wanting to waste this gift devoured the lot then wrote to JB Marsden-Smedley to record their appreciation.

J B Marsden-Smedley Esq
Dear Sir,
Just to let you know that the parcel containing cake etc that you sent to private T Britland was opened by his friends and the contents thoroughly enjoyed by us, and I am sure you would rather know that it was eaten by us than that it should be wasted, I expect you will know by this time that Britland is in England, and we all wish him the best of luck & we join in sending our sincere wishes and fondest regards & life-long happiness From some of the boys in France.


1901: 88 Main Street, Cromford

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Britland Head 34 Hosiery worker Cromford
Mary Britland wife 35   Cromford
Ada Britland daughter 12   Cromford
Ethel Britland daughter 8   Cromford
Frederick Britland son 3   Cromford
Thomas Britland son 1   Cromford

RG13 piece 3265 folio 77 page 35

1911: 88 Cromford Hill

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Britland Head 44 Hosiery machine minder Cromford
Mary Britland wife 45   Cromford
Ada Britland daughter 22 Runner on hosiery Cromford
Ethel Britland daughter 18 Bitting hosiery Cromford
Robert Charles Britland son 16 Farm labourer Cromford
Frederick Britland son 13 Bobbin carrier hosiery Cromford
Thomas Britland son 11 School Cromford
Thomas Mitchell nephew 11 School Derby

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