Thomas LEGERTON
Rank: Private
Number: 9813
Unit: 2nd Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
Date of Death: 8 May 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Thomas Legerton married Margaret Pearson in 1890 at St Elizabeth's Church, Reddish. The next year, Thomas was born. It is an uncommon surname and there were a number of births in the Stockport area over the following years of children who must have been related to him - Leonard (1894), May (1901), Norman (1903) and Elsie (1904). Margaret Legerton died in 1906.

In the autumn of 1908, Thomas, junior, enlisted into the army as a regular soldier, signing on for 12 years. From October 1910, he was a drummer in the Battalion band. When war was declared in August 1914, the Battalion was still in India, stationed at Lebond and it did not arrive back in the UK until 22 December 914. No doubt, Thomas had time for a short trip to see family before they went overseas again a few days after Christmas.

Thomas was killed at the Battle of Frezenberg described here.

In the early 1920s, when the war Graves Commission was collating its casualty information, Thomas, senior, had emigrated to Canada and was living at 120 Leslie Street, Toronto.

   
           
   
     
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