Photo reference number: 2324

Thomas Peck Banks of Ty-du House, Rogerstone, near Newport, Mon.

Here he is pictured in the costume he wore to the Twelfth Night Fancy Dress Ball at Tredegar House in January 1871 dressed as Sir Phillip Stanley. Around 200 guests attended the event held at Lord Tredegar's mansion.

Thomas was accompanied by his sister in law, Miss Rosa Williams, who he later married in Switzerland. Also in his party were his brother, George Hatfield Banks, and George's wife.

Thomas and his brother George ran the tin plate factory in Pontymister. They were instrumental in setting up the 3rd Monmouth Rifle Volunteers and were both commissioned officers. At the outset Thomas was a lieutenant and George a captain. Thomas eventually became a captain (of the 10th Monmouth Rifles) and George a major.


THOMAS PECK BANKS, born 3 March 1834 in Everton, died suddenly 10 May 1877, buried at Bassaleg. His father, Thomas Morris Banks (1796 - 1859), was a merchant in Liverpool and was involved with the Pontymister Tin Plate Works.

Thomas first wife was Fanny Anne Williams (1837 - 1868), daughter of a Newport innkeeper Abraham Williams who in 1841 was running the Ship Inn, Queens Parade, Pill.

They had 6 children: Rosa Maud Banks (1861 - 1942), Thomas Guibal Banks (1862 - 1864), Frances May Banks (1863 - 1856), Reginald Clare Banks (1864 - 1944), George Ernest Banks (1865 - 1930) and Nina Mary Banks (1868 - 1930).

Thomas' second wife was Rosa Miranda Williams, sister of his first wife. They married in 1875. In England in those days, a man was not permitted to marry his sister in law, so they married in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

They had one son: Frederick Victor Banks (1876 - 1954).

Thomas died suddenly in 1877. It seems he was in financial difficulty due to a fall in demand for tin plate.

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