Thomas MORTON
Rank: Private
Number: 9050
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 7 September 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium

Thomas was born in the Edgeley area of Stockport and, at the time of the Great War, his family was living at 10 Pine Street in the Brinksway area of town. As a young man, he had joined the regular army and had been in India for 6 years when war was declared in August 1914.

The Cheshires arrived back in Britain on Christmas Eve 1914 and Thomas had just three days home leave before he had to return to camp to prepare for the Battalion to go to France on 16 January 1915. In the early weeks of his service, Thomas received two minor wounds but he was quickly back at duty.

On 7 September, Thomas was with his Battalion in trenches at Lindenhoek. This is a small hamlet 13 kilometres south of centre of the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper). The Battalion's War Diary notes that during the morning No. 2 Company was heavily shelled but there were no casualties. Later, news of his death came from his uncle who was also serving with the Battalion. Thomas had been shot by a German sniper. The sniper had been active in this sector on their previous tours of duty and he had already killed two local men - John Bradley and Joseph Clarke.

At the time of his death, four of Thomas brothers were serving with the army. It is not known if they survived or if they are amongst the other Mortons commemorated on the town's war memorials.

   
           
   
     
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