Rank: Private
Number: 10862
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 21 June 1918
Cemetery: Sezanne Communal Cemetery, Marne, France

Regimental records show that Thomas was born within the parish of St Mary’s Church, Stockport, although it has not been possible to confirm that using family history websites. There is no person obviously listed within the 1901 Census who might be the future soldier.

Thomas’ service number is very early, indicating he enlisted within days of war being declared on 4 August 1914.

He is recorded as having died of wounds and is buried adjacent to where 32nd Casualty Clearing Station (a field hospital in modern terms) was based. It might take casualties up to 24 hours to reach a CCS and, once stabilised, they would have been further evacuated to a permanent hospital facility. It is, however, impossible to know when Thomas was injured – the Battalion’s War Diary makes no mention of casualties over the previous few days.

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