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  cap badgeSergeant Thomas Humm DCM

2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: 9260

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of David and Jane Ann Humm. Nephew of Mr and Mrs Samuel Lindsay of Groveside Cottage, Kipps, Coatbridge. Younger brother of Private David Humm of the Machine Gun Corps who died in bed of natural causes in Russia 01/02/1919. Thomas and his brother David lived with their cousin Private Samuel P Lindsay (36522) of the 16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry who was Killed in Action on the 28/11/1917. From 1891 Census - Address - Broompark Pl, Stonefield Road, Blantyre - David Humm aged 47, Jane Ann Humm aged 37, Jane S Humm aged 7, David G Humm aged 6, Thomas Humm aged 3, Robert Humm aged 1.

Born / Resided

Blantyre / Groveside Cottage, Kipps, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action 21/01/1916 Persian Gulf

Enlisted

Dublin

Employed

Regular Soldier.

Age

28

Buried / Remembered

Basra Memorial (Panel 25 and 63), Iraq.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known.

Additional Information

Thomas was 18 years with the 2nd Battalion, 10 of which was spent in India. He arrived in France with the Indian Expeditionary Force in September 1914. Thomas received the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Medal of St George for bravery in the field. His Medal of St George 4th Class was granted by the Czar of Russia. He received his DCM posthumously. His citation read - " For conspicuous gallantry in action. He was in charge of stretcher bearers and displayed an utter contempt for danger when attending the wounded, often under heavy fire " (see Citation photo). Originally posted as missing his death was not confirmed until December 1916. See Directory for Thomas' older brother David's page and his cousin Samuel P Lindsay's. Also see comments for this from Andy which is very much appreciated - "Thomas and his brother Robert were both Old Hibernians (Royal Hibernian Military School, Dublin). Sadly Thomas was missed from the RHMS war memorial in Phoenix Park, Dublin but I am hoping that we might get his name added to the Roll of Honour at the Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover which merged with RHMS in 1924 and maintains a memorial to the fallen Old Hibernians." See photos for Thomas' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his name on the 1911 England Census (listed along with the 2nd Black Watch soldiers in India), his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his Citation for his DCM, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Basra Memorial Panel List and the Black Watch Cap Badge.

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Comments
Thank you Andy. Yes I've just noticed Thomas' Medal Index Card and you're right its definitely his brother David's number regarding MGC. I'm currently updating each mans page and I'm on surname H at the minute. I'll update Thomas' page tomorrow and good luck in getting his name on the Roll of Honour. Thanks again.
John McCann, Belfast, 08/10/2020 3:44PM
You should be congratulated on a really good website and it was invaluable into my research. Please see below some additional information on Thomas Humm: He was also Mentioned in Despatches (LG 19 October 1916). The reference in his Medal Index Card to Pte 18530 MGC relates to his brother David - no idea why this has been added, unless it is to do with the uncle claiming their medals, but Thomas started the war as a L/Cpl in the Black Watch and there is no record of him joining the MGC as a Pte and then re-joining the Black Watch; the MGC were not formed until October 1915 also, so he would not have had time to join the MGC and then re-join the Black Watch in time to go to Mesopotamia. Thomas and his brother Robert were both Old Hibernians (Royal Hibernian Military School, Dublin). Sadly Thomas was missed from the RHMS war memorial in Phoenix Park, Dublin but I am hoping that we might get his name added to the Roll of Honour at the Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover which merged with RHMS in 1924 and maintains a memorial to the fallen Old Hibernians.
Andy, UK, 08/10/2020 2:50PM

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