Skelton Park Fatality – Thomas Henry Scuffam – 15 Apr 1898

Aged 17, Horse Leader, when coming out-bye with a set of full tubs, down a gradient of 1 in 36, he either slipped or caught his foot against a sleeper and fell in front of the tubs, and three of them passed over him crushing him so severely that he was killed instantly, Buried: Skelton Cemetery

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  1. Thomas Henry Scuffham was a son of Samuel and Eliza Scuffham of 49 Harker Street, Skelton Green. Across the street at no. 50 lived Samuel’s brother, Joseph, and his wife Annie. The Scuffhams came from Lincolnshire, presumably seeking employment in the ironstone mines. During WW1 the two families suffered the loss of three of their sons.

    Thomas’s brother, Bernard Samuel Scuffham, a Corporal (34775) in 10th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was killed on 8th June 1917 at the age of 20, and is buried in grave II B 3 in Henin Communal Cemetery Extension.

    Bernard’s older brother, Robert Edward Scuffham was lost at sea when the ship on which he was Steward, the SS Goodanew, was sunk by the U-boat UC-45 off the north-east coast of Scotland. He is commemorated, along with other merchant seaman casualties of WW1 on Tower Hill Memorial in London.

    Joseph Wright Scuffham was a Private (5310) in the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment and was killed, at the age of 20, on 15th July 1916. He is buried in grave L 36 in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.

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