Later years and death
Ernest Mills remembered that:
.. at the time of the First World War, the evening church services were held in the Audit Hall because of blackout regulations which had now come into force. I think a piano supplied the music and the last hymn was always 'Nearer my God to thee for those in peril on the sea'In Thomas’s day Empingham was part of the Ancaster Estate which would be was sold off in 1924. In 1908, Kelly’s Directory, states,
The living is a rectory, net yearly value of £310, with residences, and 53 acres of glebe, and also 24 acres of glebe at Knossington, in Leicestershire, in the gift of the Bishop of Peterborough … The rector receives a variable income from Foster’s charity, which is included in net value of living.(The rectory of this period is now known as ‘Lovick’s Place’).
Thomas retired in 1921; he performed his last baptism in July. Ernest could not recall what became of him but he and Annie returned to live in the family home at 42 High Street Llanidloes. Though he had spent most of his life in England, he returned to Wales, to the town of his birth, to live out his days and it was here that he died on Wednesday, 13 June 1923.
I have found no evidence of any children of his second marriage; Annie was the sole beneficiary in his will. The will, written in 1922, was witnessed by his nieces, Elizabeth Susannah Jones and Margaret Owen (née Jones), two of the daughters of Thomas’s sister, Jemima, who lived all their lives in Llanidloes.
I believe Annie died in 1937, [Newtown 1937, 4th qt] aged 70.