Thomas HYNES
Rank: Private
Number: 14492
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE reGIMENT
Date of Death: 9 July 1916
Age: 26
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Thomas was born within the parish of St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Stockport. His parents, Thomas and Margaret, lived at 7 Queen Street West in the Chestergate area of town. He worked in the local cotton industry as a doubler for T & J Smith Ltd, until he enlisted into the army on 1 September 1914.

The new recruits spent a year in training before going on active service on 25 September 1915. On 3 July 1916, Thomas and his mates took part in a major attack at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. Click here for details of the attack. Many of his friends were dead or wounded but, reinforced by a draft of new recruits, another attack was made on 8 July. It was a fiasco. One of the trenches scheduled to be used by the Cheshires as a "jumping off point" was still held by the enemy. Other men lost their way once the attack started. There was no artillery support and it is no surprise that the attack was a failure.

At noon, the next day, a further attack was made with the heavy use of grenades and this also failed. The local press reported that it was on this day that Thomas received the wounds from which he died. He would have received treatment from the Battalion's own medical officer before being evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station, a few miles behind the front line. There military surgeons would have stablised his condition before he was further evacuated to a permanent hospital facility at Etaples, where he died, later in the day.

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