Rank: Corporal
Number: 49007
Unit: A Company, 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 9 August 1917
Age: 24
Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France

Tom was born on 23 October 1895, the son of Charles Samuel Brindley and Elizabeth Alice Brindley. He had three younger brothers - William, Charles and Harold and a younger sister, Elizabeth. Tom attended Great Moor School between 1903 and 1908 and received further education at St Saviour's Sunday School. He worshipped at St Saviour's Church.

Tom got married on 3 April 1915 to Victoria and they lived at her parents' home at 7 Store Street, Stockport. He earned his living working as labourer for John Horn Ltd at the company's "Bon Bon" works. He was conscripted into the army at Stockport and his service number indicates this was in mid-1916.

On 8 August 1917, Tom and his mates were in front line trenches near the village of Oppy, some 10 kilometres north east of the French town of Arras. A letter to Victoria described what happened. "The Germans sent over a raiding party which succeeded in entering our trenches to the right of where your husband had a bombing post. He at once realised the situation and rallied the men and commenced working his way along the trench bombing the Germans out. After everything had practically settled down your husband was going with a couple of officers to a part of the trench which the enemy had vacated when the German suddenly appeared and, in the excitement which followed, a man from the Regiment on our right fired a shot and, I am sorry to say, hit your husband in the stomach. I did not think at the time the wound was serious and the doctor also said Corporal Brindley had every hope of making a recovery. For his brave action, your husband was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry."

The writer had made a small slip of the pen. The Military Cross was only awarded to officers. Tom was actually awarded the Military Medal for his bravery. After receiving attention from the Battalion's doctor, Tom was evacuated to either 8th or 19th Casualty Clearing Station, operating at Etrun, ten kilometres away. There, military surgeons would have done all that was possible to save his life, without success.

Further bad news would come to the Brindley household a few months later. William Brindley was killed, on 2 December 1917, whilst serving with 86th Company, Machine Gun Corps. Their father, Charles is also thought to have served in the Labour Corps during the war.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission was collating its casualty information, Veronica had remarried, to a Mr Holloway, and was living at 38 Rendal Street, Everton, Liverpool.

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