He was possibly the same Thomas Bristow who was born in Chailey in 1887 (his birth registered at Lewes in the June quarter of that year). He appears on the 1891 census living at 1 Furze Grove,
Chailey with his family. The household
comprised: James Bristow (head, married, aged 42, working as a carter), his
wife Sarah A Bristow (aged 41) and their children: John Bristow (aged 15, a
carter boy), Alice Bristow (aged 12), James P Bristow (aged nine), Mary E
Bristow (aged eight), Sarah J Bristow (aged five), Thomas (aged four) and Mabel
K Bristow (aged one).
By the time the 1901 census was taken, Thomas was a 14 year old errand boy working at Heatherwood, North Common; the home of John Longhurst and his family.