Thomas Hood was a Scotsman who served in the army during the war and was billeted in the Chelmsford area in the middle part of the war. in April 1916 he died at Chelmsford & Essex Hospital.  His body was taken to Scotland for burial.

Thomas was born in Litchfield Street, Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland on 1st August 1886, the son of the general carter Andrew Adamson Hood and Susannah Holland Hood (nee White).

Thomas was aged five at the time of the 1891 census which recorded him with his parents and two siblings at 7 Chapel Lane in Galston. His father was contractor (carter). At the time of the 1901 census 14 year=old Thomas was recorded at 21 Henrietta Street in Galston with his parents and seven siblings. Thomas was a sutler in a lace factory, while his father was a coal miner.

During the First World War Thomas served as Private 7514 in the 4th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. In 1916 the Battalion was billeted in the Chelmsford area. He died at the Chelmsford & Essex Hospital on 25th April 1916, aged 29.


Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

His body was conveyed his home Galston, Ayrshire, for burial. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and several wreaths from the officers, n.c.o.'s, and men of the regiment. Before the coffin was placed on the hand-bier the bugles sounded the " Last Post." The pipers and the silver band preceded the cortege to the station playing suitable music. Behind the escort walked the widow and father. Among the officers were Chaplain. Capt. the Rev. A. Boyd Scott.

Today Thomas rests in grave (new) 890 at Galston Cemetery in Ayrshire, Scotland.