Thomas Blood was declared missing in action on the 20th September 1917, and his wife was informed of his death ten months later.
He was on the village boys who played in the annual Master’s cricket match, in his case as early as 1893.
From the Burton Mail, 16th of August, 1918
Private T R Blood
Mrs T R Blood, daughter of Mr C Thompson of 117, Grange Street, Burton, has received official news that her husband, Private T R Blood, Notts and Derbys, who has been missing and wounded since the 20th of September, 1917 is now, reported killed. He joined the Colours early in 1917, and had been in France a few months.
He was 37 years old, and leaves a wife and child, a boy aged seven.
He lived, previously, in Etwall, Derbyshire.
Thomas Blood sent this message home to his sister in Ashbourne on the 17th September 1917. He died three days later, though he was only declared missing on the 20th September. His pre-printed card says that he is well, has received your letter and will reply at the first opportunity.