Death of Edward Tompkins, one of The Alberts dead
Edward Tompkins was a Private in the 1/5 Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Before the war he had been a painter, living with three younger brothers and one sister. The census listed Edward as head of the household, which likely meant their parents had died.
We do not know where Edward received the wounds that finally killed him. The practice in the British Army was to discharge men whose wounds were so severe they would not be able to fight again. In effect, men like Edward were sent home to die.
The Richmond & Twickenham Times of 24 February 1917 recorded that the funeral left from the home of Edward’s sister, Mrs Sullivan, in Beatrice Road, The Alberts.