Thomas BELL
Rank: Corporal
Number: 10383
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 3 October 1915
Age: 44
Cemetery: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Thomas was an ex-regular soldier having served for 10 years with the Manchester Regiment, he had seen action in South Africa during the Boer War. Born in Stalybridge, Thomas lived in Stockport when he left the army, around 1912. He was married and lived with his wife and their two children at 43 Back Water Street.

He had been in the army reserve for about two years when war was decl;ared in August 1914. He was recalled to the colours and had to leave his job as a bricklayer’s labourer. At some point during mid 1915, he was gassed but recovered quickly. He was killed in an attack at the Battle of Loos described here. After, a comrade wrote to Mrs Bell saying Thomas had been wounded in the trenches and had died immediately. He enclosed two photos, of Mrs Bell and the children, that Thomas had with him when he was killed.

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