Thomas WAKEFIELD
Rank: Private
Number: 637233
Unit: 393rd Company LABOUR CORPS (CHESHIRE on mem)
Date of Death: 4 November 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

It is not absolutely certain that the man identified above is the T Wakefield whose name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial. The name on the Memorial is inscribed amongst those who served with the Cheshire Regiment and there is no indication that the above man did serve with the Regiment. However, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists only 12 men called T Worthington who died during the War. None appear to have served with the Cheshires and only the above man has any obvious connection with Stockport. Identification is hindered in that the above man never served abroad and, as such, is not amongst those listed in records at the National Archives as having an entitlement to campaign medals.

It may well be that Thomas had been conscripted into the army when he became 18 but, as the War was drawing to a close, it was decided to retain him in the UK, most probably undertaking agricultural work.

Assuming that it is the same man, then he was the son of Thomas and Alice Wakefield who, when the 1901 was taken, were living in two rooms at 17 Wilmslow Street, Stockport. Thomas was then aged two and he had a four month old brother, Isaac. When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, Alice had moved to 122 Ince Street, Heaton Norris.

   
           
   
     
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