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  • Born: 23 Apr 1903, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England 3
  • Marriage (1): Dorothy May INGRAM on 9 Feb 1932 in St Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Madras (Chenai) Tamil Nadu, India 1 2
  • Died: 9 Jun 1984, Cheylesmore, Coventry, Warwicks, England aged 81 4
  • Crem.: 17 Jun 1984, Canley, Coventry, Warwicks, England


Thomas BODDINGTON came from three generations of cobblers, "lasters" and "welt-sewers" employed in the shoe-making industry that flourished in Northampton after the beginning of the 19th Century. He broke away from family tradition however, and left Northampton to become a career soldier, enlisting in the Royal (Field) Artillery at the age of 17.

His Brigade was posted to India in 1922 and assigned to the 4th (Quetta) Division. He saw service on the North West Frontier at Fort Sandeman, Landikotal, Khaybar and elsewhere along the Baluchi and Afghan border. The Brigade was later relieved of frontier duties and moved to Wellington in present day Tamil Nadu, south India, where he met and married Dorothy May Ingram.

After attending language courses in Hindi and Urdu, he transferred to the India Unattached List with the rank of Sub-Conductor, (Warrant Officer) and subsequently joined the Royal Indian Army Service Corps. He then returned to the North West Frontier provinces on posting to Quetta in 1936 and was shortly after joined by his wife and two sons. He served again at Fort Sandeman, Banu, Peshawar and Nowshera. His family accompanied him to Peshawar and Nowshera. He was commissioned in 1939 and moved again with his family to Karachi on posting to IV Corps Joint Supply Depot at Drigh Road. In 1943 he was appointed 2nd in Command IV Corps Joint Air Supply Contingent in Guwahati, Assam and saw active service during the Burma Campaign of 1944-1945.

After the war, he returned to Karachi and was appointed Commanding Officer of the Supply Depot at Drigh Road, now under command and control of the Pakistan Army Service Corps. He remained in the post until completion of his secondment to the Pakistan Armed Forces, and was was repatriated to England in October 1949. He retired from the Army in the following year. After 27 years of service in India, Thomas BODDINGTON settled with his family at Cheylesmore in Coventry where he remained until his death in 1984.


1. He appeared on the UK Census 1911 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. 5

2. He enlisted in the Royal (Field) Artillery on 2 Jun 1920 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. 7

3. He served in the Royal (Field) Artillery from 1920 to 1933 in the UK and India 6

4. He was awarded the North West Frontier Medal (India) and clasp, in 1928-1938 in Fort Sandeman And Landi Khotal.

5. He transferred to the India Unattached List, with the rank of WOII (Sub-Conductor) in Jul 1932 in Madras, (Chennai) Tamil Nadu, India.

6. He was promoted WOI (Conductor) and seconded to the Indian Army serving with the RIASC from 1933 to 1948

7. He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (India) in 1939 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

8. Commissioned Leiutenant (RIASC) January 1939.

9. He served in the military Active service with IVth Corps, Burma and Assam in 1942-1944 in Burma, Assam (Gahauti and Shillong).

10. He was awarded the General Service Medal 1939-1945 (Burma and India) in Dec 1945 in Gauhati, Assam, India.

11. Repatriation: United Kingdom (ex India via Troopship "Empire Ken"), in Nov 1948, in Liverpool, England.

12. He retired from the Armyy with the Hon. Rank of Major in Aug 1949 in Coventry, Warwicks, England.

Thomas married Dorothy May INGRAM, daughter of Alfred George INGRAM and Ellen Millicent BULLOCK, on 9 Feb 1932 in St Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Madras (Chenai) Tamil Nadu, India.1 2 (Dorothy May INGRAM was born on 9 Aug 1910 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan 8, christened on 27 Aug 1910 in St. Mary's Church, Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan,9 died on 31 Dec 1994 in Stavely House Rest Home, Coventry, Warwicks, England and was cremated on 7 Jan 1995 in Canley, Coventry, Warwicks, England.)


1 Certified true copy of an entry in the Register of Marriages (Thomas Boddington and Dorothy May Ingram) (Garrison Chaplain, Fort St. George, Madras, St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Madras (Chenai) dated 17 Feb 1931). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 1999, Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2005.

2 India Office Records, Parish Register Transcripts from the Presidency of Madras. (Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London). Rec. Date: 11 May 2001, IOR Ref: Z/N/2/151-152 (1932). Cit. Date: 14 Jun 2001.

3 Certified true copy of an entry of Birth (Thomas Boddington) (Supt. Registrar, Northampton reference D 4723/92 dated 23 November 1928). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 2002, Cit. Date: 13 Jan 2005.

4 Certified copy of an entry of Death of Thomas Boddington (Register Office, Metropolitan District of Coventry Entry No. 53 dated 11 June 1984). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 1999, Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2005.

5 Census of persons living at 22 Althorp Street, St. Giles, Northampton, Northamptonshire in March 1911 (National Archives Census Records 1911 RG76/PN433 Northamptonshire, SD1 ED7 SN206). Rec. Date: 14 Dec 2001, Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2009.

6 "Statement of Army Service - Thomas Boddington"; Ministry of Defence (AG11), London. Cit. Date: 13 Jan 2001.

7 War Department (Ministry of Defence) United Kingdom, Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942 (Northampton, England. 6 June 1920). Rec. Date: 12 Jan 1999, Cit. Date: 9 May 1999.

8 India Office Records, Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bengal, 1713-1948 India. (Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London). Rec. Date: 17 Jan 2002, IOR Ref: Z/N/1/366 folio 287. Cit. Date: 24 Jan 1998.

9 Certified true copy of a birth in the Register of Baptisms (Dorothy May Ingram) (Chaplain of Quetta, St Mary's Church Register of Baptisms dated 27 August 1910). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 2002, Cit. Date: 13 Jan 2005.