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Private Thomas Turnham

Schools Waterloo 200


3 Feb 1779 - 30 Jun 1851

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Waterloo Soldier by: Oasis Academy Johanna

Date added: 2 May 2015

The children in years 5 and 6 at Oasis Academy Johann have found out about Private Thomas Turnham.

Thomas Turnham was born on 3rd February 1778 and was baptised at St George's Church, Hanover Square in the same month.  His parents' names were James and Elizabeth.  

Hanover Square at this time, was an affluent area of London. The Duke of Roxburghe had a house there. It was also home to the Lescalles family, the Oriental Club and the assembly rooms, where composers such as Bach, Haydn, Paganini and Liszt performed.

The streets around Hanover Square were much more modest. These were filled with a variety of merchants and shops. There was also a workhouse in the area. As Thomas Turnham enlisted at the age of 19 as a private, it seems likely that he came from these more modest beginnings.

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