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No. 9892 Sergeant Thomas Greenwood, Coldstream Guards photographed after his return home from the Anglo-Boer War.


Greenwood was born in 1875 at St, Andrews, Burnley, Lancaster. He was already serving in the 3/East Lancaster Regiment when he attested with the Coldstream Guards on 16 October 1894.

His appointments and promotions followed: Appointed lance corporal - 16 October 1895, promoted corporal - 1 April 1897, appointed lance sergeant - 10 October 1897, promoted sergeant - 17 May 1899, promoted color-sergeant - 24 July 1897. On 19 February 1906 Greenwood resigned as colour sergeant and reverted to sergeant at his own request.

All of his active service overseas took place in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War. He was in the theater of operations from 21 October 1899 to 6 June 1902 for a total of 2 years, 251 days. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medals with clasps for Belmont, Modder River, Dreifontein, Johannesburg. Diamond Hill, and Belfast. He also received the King's South Africa Medal with clasps South Africa - 1901 and South Africa - 1902.

Still with the colours at the outbreak of the Great War, Greenwood would not see any overseas service. He accepted his discharge mid-war on 15 October 1916 after over 22 years of service.

He married Miss Daisy Graham on 11 February 1903 and the union would produce two daughters, Dorothy (b. 1906) and Marjory (b. 1907), and two sons, Thomas (b. 1911), and Graham (b. 1912).

His medical history sheet states he was fitted for dentures on 22 August 1911.

Aside from his service papers, the latest civil record mentioning Greenwood found thus far is the 1911 Census.

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