James Tombs


Born in Wheatley in 1872, son of Edwin Tombs, farm labourer, and Sarah, both born in Wheatley: they lived in Blenheim, Wheatley. The 1901 Census gives his birth year as 1874, when he was a general farm labourer and married to Kezia nee Cooper, born in Headington Quarry, resident at Old London Road, Forest Hill with Shotover. The 1911 Census revises his birth year once again, to 1873: then a bricklayer's labourer and living in The Manor House, Wheatley, with his wife described as laundress. James is said to have worked at Chiselhurst Camp, Kent during the war and to have died after the war from gas gangrene when working in a well.

He lived in part of The Manor, 26 High Street.

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