Born: 1893 in Barnard Castle
Parents: Tom Croft (born in Heslington, North Yorkshire in 1861; died November 1901) and Mary Croft (nee Abbott, born in 1863 in Hunmanby, Yorkshire).
Brothers and sisters: Tom (born 1878); Alice (born 1881 in Humanby); John Edward (born 1886 in Durham City); Ernest (born in 1889 in Startforth); George William (born 1891); Walter (born 7 March 1895 in Barnard castle); Mary E (born 1897 in Barnard Castle); Stanley Septimus (born 1 June 1899 in Barnard Castle); Nancy E (born 1901 in Barnard Castle).
According to information received from relatives, the family lived in Hunmanby, Durham City, Startforth and latterly at 4 Pearson Terrace, Barnard Castle
According to Ministry of Defense records, Thomas Francis enlisted into the London Rifle Brigade on 4 November 1914 and was posted to the 5th Battalion. He did overseas service with the Expeditionary Force, France, from 27 March 1915 until 6 May 1915. From 27 March 1915 he was posted to 1/5 Battalion then, from 25 June 1915, to 3/5 Battalion. He was discharged on 7 April 1916 because he ceased to fulfill Army medical requirements.