Joseph Benjamin Thomas
Accompanied by Police Sergeant A.G. Neckolde and with the assistance of the local police, a search was made, with the result that Joseph Thomas' body was found drowned in three feet of water in a brook near Sellands Farm, Radwinter. His inquest, held on 31st December 1914, concluded that Joseph Thomas had probably slipped whilst crossing a bridge over the swollen brook and that he was carried away by the flood.
He left a widow and daughter of about seven years. Joseph Thomas was buried in a grave in the southern part of Radwinter Churchyard. The headstone contains the following inscription - 'Joseph Benjamin Thomas, who gave his life for his country December 28 1914, aged 44 years, priest'.
On the 3rd March 1915 the Essex Joint Standing Committee recommended that a pension of £15 a year be granted to the widow, and £2 10s for their child, the Chairman explaining that these were the highest amounts they could legally give.