Thomas Kenyon Pardoe was born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire in 1873. Son of James Pardoe and Caroline Pardoe (nee Potter). His father James died (age 59) when Thomas was only 7 years old and shortly afterwards the family move to Great Malvern, Worcester, his mothers birth place.
Thomas Kenyon Pardoe was commissioned in the Regiment from the 2nd Volunteer Battalion in 1901. He had served in the South African War and was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps.
During the Great War (1914-18) he was wounded with the 1st Battalion at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915. He returned to France and commanded the 2nd Battalion from June 1916 (Bethune Trenches), until being invalided home in July 1917. He returned again to command the 2nd Battalion from 22nd April to June 1918, when he returned home to command a Garrison Battalion in England.
He was awarded the D.S.O. at Arras in 1917 (Gazette Date 1st January 1918), and was twice mentioned in despatches in the same year (Gazette Dates, 22nd May 1917 and 18th December 1917).
His son, Captain T. M. H. Pardoe, was killed in action at Magazine Gap at Hong Kong on December 14th, 1941. He was buried in the Happy Valley Cemetery. For his services with the Chinese Military Mission he was awarded the Order of the White Cloud, 6th Class. He had a very fine record in the Far East.
Lieut.-Colonel T. K. Pardoe died on the 1st. October 1946 at Uckfield, age 73.