Thomas Aageson (sometimes spelt Ageson) was born
in Lanarkshire. Although none of the papers in his service record
file in WO 363/A127 reveals his exact date of birth, the information
on his medical history sheet - compiled in September 1916, when
his age was recorded as 37 years and 10 months - suggests that he
was probably born in November 1878.
Aageson was a ship rigger by trade and lived in Glasgow with his
wife and five children. He was a little over five feet tall, with
a large number of tattoos (including an eagle, a flag, a girl, and
a sailor) adorning his torso and arms.
Aageson was not attested
until December 1915 - perhaps unsurprising given his relatively
advanced age when war broke out in August 1914. He was then mobilised
for active service in the Royal
Engineers in September 1916 and posted to a training camp in
Aageson appears to have spent 21 months serving overseas from July
1917 until his demobilisation in May 1919. His file shows that he
worked as a sapper in France, but gives little detail about his
precise location and movements during this period.