Rank: Private
Number: 25331
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 30 April 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Thomas had been born in Droylsden. His parents, David & Jane, later moved to Hazel Grove and, it is understood, to Marple. Thomas had a wife, Caroline and they lived at 6 Stone Row, Marple with their young son.

According to press reports, he worked at Oakwood Mill, Romiley and, in February 1915, he enlisted in the army at Stockport, going overseas in the July.

Thomas was seriously wounded in fighting described here and would have evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station a few miles behind the front line where his wounds would have been treated and his condition stabilised. He was then taken to one of the military hospitals at Wimereux (near the French channel port of Bologne) where he died two weeks later.

Further information about Thomas, including a photograph, is in the book “Remembered”, by P Clarke, A Cook & J Bintliff.

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