Obituary in Folkestone newspaper about October 1918.
" Amongst the various ""characters"" I have met in my time, I account that old soldier the late Mr Thomas Kearns as one of them, it was seldom or ever addressed by the prefix of Mister but nearly always as "Tommy". He served his King and Country Mr Thomas Northamptonshire Regt and after retiring from the ranks picked up a precarious living for a lengthy period as out porter at the Central Station. Our hero was fond of his old battalion and would often exclaim "Aye it was the foinist regiment in the British Army, horses and all". "Tommy" similar to the rest of human kind had his little ways. although at times tempted to use unparliamentary language, he was never known to swear. That was accounted unto him by his friends for righteousness. " thanks be to goodness" "by jabbers" they alone represented his " swear words". In this respect he was shining example to many. "Tommy" never mind the circumstances was always cheerful. Sunshine was on his countenance as it ruled in his heart. He died at the age of sixty six leaving behind him eight children, three of whom are at the Front. One has been wounded and badly gassed. "Tommy" was quietly buried at the Cemetery on Monday last.
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