Colliers Wood resident makes WWI discoveries

Local resident Diane Holmes has lived in Colliers Wood for 15 years. As with many people, she and her husband share a fascination in World War I and the impact it had on her home town, Colliers Wood.

We caught up with Diane who told us about her WWI discoveries.

Thomas Came (born 1899) and Thomas Edward Came
Lived: Fortescue Road, Colliers Wood

“When we moved into our 1905 house in Colliers Wood, we found a pack of documents which had been left for us in the house by the previous owners. I had been looking at the war memorial in Mitcham and noticed the name Thomas Came – the same name that was on the papers I found in our house. It’s quite an unusual name so I started doing some research. It turned out that this was the same person who had lived in our house when he was 20 years old. In fact, both he and his father, also a Thomas Came, joined up in 1915.

“It was very moving to know that these two men had lived their ordinary lives in our house and the young Thomas Came became one of the millions of men who died in this extraordinary conflict.”

Where the men of the Great War from Colliers Wood lived

Diane’s research into the local soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War has led her to plot on a map of the area the locations of where in Colliers Wood those men lived. Click on each of the red location marks to find out more about the men who served.


Take a look at our other World War One stories.