Next I checked the UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, there was a record for the 18-year old Thomas Hulme but no record for the other man and no mention of a middle name.
Next I checked the census records on Ancestry.co.uk and found both men. The older Thomas Hulme had the middle name 'Middleton' so I am happy that he is the correct man.
Thomas Middleton Hulme was born in 1881 and baptised 12th March 1882 at St Clements Church, Toxteth Park. The baptism record (below) shows that his parents were William and Jane, they lived at 19 Eversley Street and William's occupation was coachman. Eversley Street runs off Princes Avenue, Toxteth.
Staff Sergeant Thomas Middleton Hulme 184987
The 1891 census shows the family still living at 19 Eversley Street, William and Jane with their two sons and two daughters. William was working as a Coachman Groom. It shows us that William was born in Fenton, Staffordshire and Jane in Bolton, Lancashire but their children were all born in Liverpool.
The pension form shows his marriage to Jane and their children:
Maurice Hulme born 6.9.1912
Hilda Hulme born 19.11.1913
There are several pages containing information about his various postings, I will add the details when I've finished sorting them out!
The final information in the file is the result of an enquiry into Thomas's death. It appears that while riding a motorbike he was hit and killed by a train on a level-crossing, the death was ruled accidental and basically was due to Thomas trying to beat the train. He died from 'compound fracture of skull and left leg'
I will add a transcript, the original is damaged at the edges and was apparently typed on a type-writer with no letter 't'!
click here for a link to Thomas's entry in the CWGC database