Thomas Reginald Furmston was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire in 1894.
 
He was the son of Thomas William Furmston and Georgina Furmston (nee Milner).
 
His parents were married in 1893 at Holy Trinity, Birkenhead.
 
Thomas had three siblings George Brees (b 1899), Harold (b 1899) and Mary Louise (b 1902) who were all born at Bootle. Harold died in 1902.
 
1901 Census: 78 Hood Street, Bootle (As Firmstone)
 
1911 Census: 78 Hood Street, Bootle - Mother had 4 children born and 3 still living - Thomas, George B and Marge L.  
 
Thomas was an Engine Pattern makers apprentice in 1911.  
 
Thomas' service records have survived. They show he enlisted in the 7th battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment at Bootle on the 2nd September 1914 and was posted overseas with his battalion on the 7th March 1915.
 
He was wounded in action in France on the 18th September 1916 and died at No 38 Casualty Clearing Station two days later.
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 6th October 1916. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
AN "OLD BOY" OF GRAY STREET SCHOOL.
  Signaller Thomas Reginald Furmston, K.L.R., eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Furmston, 78 Hood-street, Bootle, has died of wounds received in action in France. He was 22 years of age, and joined the Army in September, 1914, having been in France nearly 19 months. He was previously employed at the Canal Ironworks, Hawthorne-road, as apprentice patternmaker, and was an "old boy" of Gray-street School.

Bootle Times 6th October 1916

A death notice appeared in the Evening Express on the 26th September 1916.
 
Newspaper (date) Evening Express (26-Sep-16)
Rank, Forename(s), Surname Signaller Thomas Reginald Furmston
Regiment, Regimental No, medals Kings Liverpool Regiment
Cause and date of death, age Died of Wounds 20-Sep-16 aged 22 years
Information contained in notice Eldest son of Thomas William and Georgina Furmston address 78 Hood Street Bootle