|Rushden Echo, 27th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins
Death in MesopotamiaIt is with deep regret that we record the death, which took place in Mesopotamia, of Sapper Thomas Henry Packwood, R.E., aged 29, husband of Mrs Packwood, of Corporation-street, Higham Ferrers, and elder son of Mr and Mrs T H Packwood, of 4, Denmark-road, Rushden. Sapper Packwood joined up nearly three years ago and had been with the Persian Gulf Expedition for over two years without a leave. Last October he was stricken with fever, from which he never recovered. The following is a copy of a telegram received this week from Chatham by his wife:-
“Regret to inform you Officer Commanding 3 Echelon, Basra, Persian Gulf, reports 160187 T H Packwood, R.E., died December 15th, relapsing fever.Colonel i/c Records, R.E.”
Before he joined the Army, Mr Packwood had worked for some time with his uncle, Mr W Packwood, builder, Rushden, as painter and house decorator. His brother, Pte C Packwood, Royal West Surreys, is in training in England.