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William Leonard Tandy
Birth: Jan. 14, 1890
Little Thurrock
Essex, England
Death: Oct. 22, 1918
Quebec, Canada

Died of pneumonia,aged 28 in Jeffrey Hales Hospital. Son of Alfred Robert and Charlotte Fanny Tandy of Little Thurrock, Grays, Essex, England.He was one of twins:
Births Mar 1890
Tandy Charles Edwin Orsett 4a 419
Tandy William Leonard Orsett 4a 419
He is a casualty of the Great War in that he is commemorated on the war memorial in St Mary's Church, Little Thurrock and on the War Memorial in Rectory Road, Grays, just half a mile from the cemetery where he is remembered on the family grave.However, he does not qualify for commemoration because Merchant Navy seamen were not regarded as war dead unless they died through enemy action.
He served in the Merchant Navy as a greaser;Card Type CR10, Identity Cert. 302426-discharge No. 871535 [source: Merchant Navy Seamen 1918-1941.

William was discharged on 8 Oct 1918; this would have been standard operating procedure for someone who was taken to hospital from the ship. He likely wasn't expected to be well enough to make the next sailing.
Registration event: death
Name: TANDY, William
Date of death: 22 October 1918 Age: 28
Place of death: Hospital,Quebec
Place of birth: Grays
Belonging to service:
Ship's name: Cardiganshire
Series: BT334 - Registers and Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea
Box: 0076
Page: 20

The Cardiganshire was a troop ship plying the Atlantic in 1918. Her first reported trip was 28 May 1918 when she left the US with the 2nd Trench Mortar Battalion onboard. She belonged to the Shire Steamship Line. Her official number was 132045 and she was registered in London.

When the Cardiganshire arrived in Quebec in 1918 she was carrying Canadian military personnel who were coming home to be discharged, because of wounds, sickness, or other reasons. So, at the time she was actually a troop ship and William appears to have been a member of the crew of a troop ship.

There is a Passenger List showing a William Tandy as a Greaser on board the Orontes arriving in New York on 24 Jul 1918 from Sydney, Australia.

There is a record of a William Tandy who is "military" on the vessel "Grampion" from Liverpool to St.John's, New Brunswick arriving 19-01-1917. He had resided at 'Rosemary',Rosedale Road; Probate was granted in London 19th June, to his father, a house painter.[effects 389.7s.9d]
At the time of the 1911 census, the family were living at 15 Malvern Road, Little Thurrock-an addition to the family since 1910 was Alfred Ambrose Tandy, born in 1902.William was a Loco Fireman and Charles was an Engine Cleaner.

The Mercantile Marine War Medal was awarded by the Board of Trade of the United Kingdom to members of the Merchant Navy for one or more voyages through a war or danger zone during the course of World War I.The medal was awarded to those who received the British War Medal and also served at sea on at least one voyage through a danger zone. The medal was also awarded to those who had served at sea for not less than six months between 04 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. [The medal was authorized for Canadians in the Canadian Gazette on 08 May 1920, though it is not known if he was in any Canadian Service-he was a British subject at the time of his death. One possibility for him having been admitted to a Quebec Hospital is that he could have been serving on a vessel into Quebec via the St Lawrence?] 
Family links: 
  Alfred Robert Tandy (1863 - 1924)
Note: Interred 24th October 1918.
Mount Hermon Cemetery
Capitale-Nationale Region
Quebec, Canada
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Record added: Apr 15, 2009
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William Leonard Tandy
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William Leonard Tandy
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