Tom WOLSTENHOLME
Rank: Private
Number: 244408
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 23 March 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, Pas de Calais, France

Tom had been born within the parish of St Mary's C of E Church, Stockport. The 1901 Census records that his mother, Emma, was aged 39 and was working as a charwoman. There is no mention of his father. The Census notes that Tom was aged 7 and that he had a sister, Tessie, aged 11 and a younger brother, Sam, aged 3.

Tom enlisted at Stockport and his original service number, 2347, suggests that this was into the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. This is a very early number of that Battalion, suggesting he may have been a pre-war member of the Territorials. He was later allocated the number, 15808, suggesting he was quickly transferred to the 11th Battalion in September 1914. The six-digit numbers were allocated in 1917

An account of the fighting in March 1918 can be found here. Tom is recorded as having died of wounds and is buried very close to where the fighting was. This suggests that he must have died very quickly after being wounded and before it was possible to evacuate him to a Casualty Clearing Station for surgery.

Most of the burials in Queant Road Cemetery, including Tom, were brought there after the War when small groups of earlier burials were "concentrated" into larger cemeteries as the land was returned to peacetime use.

   
           
   
     
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