Thomas HUGHES
Rank: Private
Number: S/4787
Unit: 7th Battalion SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
Date of Death: 16 July 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Thomas was born in the Stockport area and lived with his mother at 6 Ann Street, South Reddish. He worked as a cotton doubler for Andrew & Co until he enlisted into the army in September 1914. Two brothers (names unknown) also served in the forces during the war.

Thomas will have gone overseas in May 1915 with the newly formed 7th Battalion and will have seen his first major action in the September at the Battle of Loos.

The Battle of the Somme had started on 1 July 1916 but the Seaforths would not be involved in an attack until the middle of the month. Thomas died of wounds whilst at a field hospital (5th or 21st Casualty Clearing Station) so it is not possible to know exactly when or how he was injured. Casualties would not spend more than a couple of days at a Clearing Station as, once stabilised, they would be moved to more permanent hospital surroundings (or they had died).

On 14 July, the Battalion moved into assembly positions at Waterlot Farm, in the south of the battlefield. 15 soldiers were wounded, probably by shellfire, as they went into the trenches. Later in the day, they attacked, in support of other battalions, and suffered 250 killed or wounded. On the 15th and 16th, they were subjected to intermittent shelling from the Germans and another 25 were killed or wounded

   
           
   
     
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