Biography of Private Jim Tabor (51942)
15th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Died 23rd October 1917


  • Name: Jim Tabor
  • Date of birth: 1889
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1889
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: George Tabor
  • DOB: 1855
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Labourer builder


  • Name: Ellen Maria Moisey
  • DOB: 1857
  • Place Of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1877 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Emma Elizabeth Jane Moisey, 1876, Bourne
  • Walter Tabor, 1878, Bourne
  • Annie Tabor, 1880, Bourne (died 1880)
  • Ernest Tabor, 1881, Bourne
  • Charles Tabor, 1883, Bourne (died 1884)
  • Ada Tabor, 1884, Bourne
  • Sarah Ann Tabor, 1887, Bourne
  • Jim Tabor, 1889, Bourne
  • Charles Tabor, 1891, Bourne
  • Arthur Tabor, 1893, Bourne
  • George Tabor, 1895, Bourne
  • Nellie Tabor, 1899, Bourne


  • 1891: Jim is living with his parents in Waterloo Square, West Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: Jim is living with his parents at 36 Woodview, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911:Jim is living with his parents at 36 Woodview, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 22 and he is listed as a bricklayer’s labourer.
Relatives in services

  • None found


  • Name: Florence Emma Bryant
  • Date of birth: 11th November 1890
  • Place of Birth: Haconby, Lincolnshire, England


  • Date of Marriage: 1912
  • Place of Marriage: Bourne District


  • Reginald George David Tabor, 1913, Bourne
  • Violet Emma Tabor, 1915, Bourne

Wife’s parents

  • Father: David Bryant
  • Mother: Emma Harrison

Newspaper Mentions:

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 3rd November 1917
    WAR NOTES. – THREE DEATHS AND SEVERAL CASUALTIES,- Official notification has been received this week of the death of three Bourne boys.  Pte. Jim Tabour, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Tabour, of Wood View, is reported killed in action.  Deceased, who had been in the Army eighteen months, leaves a yound widow and children.  Pte. Sydney Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Jackson, of Eastgate, has died of wounds.  A letter addressed to his parents by the Chaplain of his regimentconveyed the sad intelligence, the letter being written at the request of deceased after having been mortally wounded.  Pte. Harold Pridmore, who was a member of the R.A.M.C., is reported killed whilst attending to a wounded soldier, deceased having been caught by a sniper. Prior to his enlistment, he was employed by the Peterborough Cp-operative Society, at their Bourne branch, and leaves a widow.  Pte. J. R, Arnald, who has been in hospital in France for several weeks suffering from shell shock, is now an inmate of a V.A.D. hosptital at Great Warley, Essex.  The latest reports indicate that he is favourably progressing.  Second A. M. Griffiths, who was reported wounded some few weeks back, is now in the hospital at Stockport.  He was wounded in the right arm, and we inderstand he is making satisfactory progress.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 24 November 1917
    IN MEMORIAM – To the respected memory of three Bourne soldiers, a memorial service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday afternoon, when a numerous congregation (larger than usual) attended.  Pte. Jim Tabor (killed Oct. 22nd), Pte. James Henry Smith (23rd october, 1916), and Pte. Sydney Jackson (Oct 22nd) were the three in respect of whom the service was held.  Their own favourite hymns were sung, Mr Leary presiding at the organ, and Mr. Fromant reading the lesson.  The Vicar addressed the mourners on the words, “The Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.”  He remarked that weeping was a language which all could understand – one spoken everywhere at the present time; it was the universal tongue, comprehended alike by the English wife, the Italian mother, the French sister, or the Serbian child.  But the tears of to-day will be the glory of the next generations.  They will say, “Our fathers died for these days we inherit, and our mothers wept.  We have entered into their labours.  The Times, and the homes, the , the inheritance er enjoy were won by death and tears.”  Life will come out of death.  On one of the battlefields a shell fell amongst some thirsty soldiers, to whom no water could be sent.  That shell killed some , but it split the ground near a spring, and immediately there burst a stream of precious water.  So the death of somebecomes the life of others.  And the survuors will say-O valiant hearts, who to your glory came
    Through dust of conflict, and through battle flame;
    Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
    Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.


  • The People Sunday 25th November 1917
    N.C.O.’s and Men.
    (All Privates unless otherwise shown)
    SHERWOOD FORESTERS -Tabor 51942 J. (Bourne)


  • War Office Weekly Casualty List, November 27th 1917
    SHERWOOD FORESTERS – Tabor 51942 J. (Bourne)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Jim Tabor, 51942, 15th Bn Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment was killed in action on 23rd October 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

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Effects Left To

  • Widow Florence Emma


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
  • Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


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