Rank: Private
Number: M/34o748
Unit: Mechanical Transport Army Service Corps
Date of Death: 27 November 1919
Age: 32

This man’s name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial, on an addenda panel of names submitted for inclusion after 1925.

Although it is not possible to be certain, he is probably a 32 year old man called Thomas Thorniley who died in the Stockport area and whose known details are as above.  A man of this name is included in the War Memorial at the Salvation Army Citadel on Middle Hillgate. Only one man of this name is listed by the National Archives as having served overseas in the army during the War.

Thomas’ wife is known to have been Annie and she was probably the Annie Woodward who married a Thomas Thorniley in 1910 at Hanover Chapel, Stockport. She was present at their home, 1 Brick Street, when Thomas died. He died from malaria almost without question contracted whilst serving overseas as a vehicle mechanic with the Army Service Corps.

He is not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, probably because he died after being discharged from the army some time before and no-one told them. Men who died before August 1921 of a cause directly linked to their service are entitled to be included in the nation’s Debt of Honour Register and for their grave to be maintained by the Commission as an official war grave. A copy of Thomas’ death certificate and other documentation has now been passed to the Commission with a request that he be included in the Register. At the time of writing, in December 2008, a decision is awaited.

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