THOMAS PEERE WILLIAM NESHAM
LIEUTENANT ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ONLY SON OF THE
ADMIRAL NESHAM & CONSTANCE HIS WIFE BORN 2ND MAY 1880
A.M.D.6 IN PIAM MEMORIAM
KILLED WHILE GALLANTLY SERVING HIS GUNS
AT TWEEBOSCH 7TH MARCH 1902
NO MORE THEY NEED SHIELD OR SWORD
THEY CAST THEM DOWN BEFORE THEIR LORD
O HAPPY SAINTS FOREVER BLEST
AT JESUS FEET HOW SATE YOUR REST
A TRIBUTE TO A DEVOTED SON
In 1851, the census showed Thomas P. Nesham living at 2 Musgrave Place, St Andrews, Plymouth, Devon. His father, Thomas W. Nesham (b.1806, Cornwall) was an army captain on half pay. Also present was his mother, Caroline (b.1813, Plymstock, Devon), 5 sisters; Elizabeth B, Mary F, Julia F, Emily H, and Margaret, and brother, Edward G. They had 4 staff; a cook, nurse, dressmaker and domestic servant.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1879; Folio: 605; Page: 69; GSU roll: 221027-221028.
In the 1861 census, Thomas P W Nesham (b.1843, Plymstock ,Devon) was a midshipman aboard the HMS. St. George, a ship with 90 guns, which was in Port Royal Habour, Jamaica.
Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 4441; Folio: 21; Page: 2; GSU roll: 543284.
In the 1871 census, Constance Calquhoun was a lawyers widow, visiting Annie Ray, a naval officers wife living in Lyncombe and Widcombe, Bath.
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 2483; Folio: 66; Page: 28; GSU roll: 835195.
At this time, Thomas P. Nesham was Acting Commander, at sea on the HMS Cherub, a gunboat, stationed in North America and the West Indies.
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 5779; Folio: 187; Page: 1; GSU roll: 895848.
Marriage recorded for Thomas Peere W. Nesham to Constance Eliza Colquhoun, Apr-Jun 1877, Totnes, Devon, Vol. 5b, page 329.
The birth for Thomas Nesham was recorded Apr-Jun 1880, Stoke Damerel, Devon, Vol. 5b, page 369.
In 1881, the census showed 11 month old Thomas Nesham (b.1880, Deveonport) living at 2 Molesworth Terrace, Stoke Damerel, Devonport with his married mother, Constance (b. 1850, Argyll). 2 staff lived with them, a nurse and cook. Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 2212; Folio: 8; Page: 20; GSU roll: 1341533.
Thomas P.W.Nesham was Commander on the HMS. Woodlark which was a ‘Green Vessel’ stationed in the East Indies and in port in Bombay on the night of the census.
Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 5634; Folio: 99; Page: 1; GSU roll: 1342354.
Birth recorded for Beatrice Caroline Nesham, Jul-Sep 1881, Stoke Damerel, Devon, Vol 5b, page 343.
Record for Capt. Thomas P.W. Nesham, R.N. living at Manor House, Millbrook (p.628 of Kelly’s 1889 Hampshire Directory).
In the 1891 census, a Thomas Nesham (b.1881, Devonport) was recorded on the census as a pupil at a boys school, at 65 Winchester Road, Millbrook, Southampton.
Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 927; Folio 130; Page 20; GSU roll: 6096037.
Admiral Thomas P.W. Nesham died at the Royal Naval Hospital in Yarmouth, May 1st, 1900. For more information on his service career see here.
In the 1901 census, Constance E. Nesham was living at Houghton Cottage in Warblington, Hampshire. She was a widow, living by her own means. Living with her was her unmarried daughter, Beatrice C.(b.1852, Devon) and a general servant. Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 977; Folio: 133; Page: 21.
Thomas was killed serving with the 38th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery at De Klip Drift.
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