Arthur THOMASON
Rank: Corporal
Number: 19979
Unit: 14th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 21 July 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece

Thomas Thomason and Hannah Jane Lowe married in the early part of 1889. When the Census was taken in 1901, the couple were living in four rooms at 8 Lyme Street, Heaton Mersey. They now had seven children - James (then 12), William (10), Arthur (7), Elsie (6), Thomas (5), Fred (3) and Jane (1).

Arthur enlisted into the army, at Manchester, on 5 September 1914. His service papers confirm his then age as 21 years 2 months. He was 5' 6" tall and weighed 120 pounds. The examining doctor noted he had a good physical development. Arthur had a fresh complexion, grey eyes and black hair. He gave his religious denomination as Wesleyan and his occupation as a turner.

On 11 August 1915, he was promoted as an acting unpaid lance corporal. On 4 September, the 14th Battalion left for France but its stay there was to be brief. Just under two months later, Arthur and his comrades were transferred to the Salonika theatre of war in Northern Greece where for the remainder of the War they would face the Bulgarian Army.

Salonika (now Thessalonika) was always regarded as a sideshow from the "main event" of the Western Front in Belgium and France. It was a campaign characterised by disease and for every man killed in action, three died of malaria, dysentery and other diseases.

On 8 January 1918, Arthur was promoted to Corporal. As with many of his comrades, Arthur contracted malaria and, in the summer of 1918, he had been at No 2 Convalescent Depot recovering from the latest bout when he took a turn for the worse. He was admitted to 61 General Hospital on 20 July suffering from dysentery as well as the malaria. He died the next day.

His personal property was returned to his parents. This included his identity disc, a watch and strap, two broken watches, pipe and tobacco box, metal chain, leather wallet and assorted letters, cards, photographs, notebooks and diaries.

   
           
   
     
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