Rank: Private
Number: 243720
Unit: 1/4th Battalion (or 11th Battalion) CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 7 June 1917
Age: 34
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Thomas was born in the Higher Broughton area of Salford, the son of Joseph and Ellen Little. The 1901 Census shows him still living in the Salford area, in Pendleton, working as an apprentice bookbinder.

In later life, he married Phoebe and they lived at 25 Carna Road, North Reddish. Thomas enlisted into the army on 8 January 1916. At the time, he was working as a bookbinder for Thomas Carter & Co, Manchester.

He does not appear to have gone overseas until at least early 1917 (when Territorial Army soldiers were issued with six-digit service numbers). Regimental records indicate he served with the 1/4th Territorial Battalion, but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows him to be serving with the 11th Battalion when he was killed. It is probable that he trained with the Territorials but, when it was time to go on active service, he was transferred to the 11th Battalion.

Thomas was killed at the Battle of Messines described here.

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