Thomas DILLON
Rank: Private
Number: 27619
Unit: 11th Battalion SOUTH WALES BORDERERS
Date of Death: 11 April 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Belgium

Almost nothing is known about Thomas, except that regimental records published after the War state that he had been born in Stockport and enlisted in the town. The 1901 Census only suggests one possible person, born in the area and of an age to have fought in the War. It cannot be said with certainty that it is him but the boy was then aged 2 and was the third child of Thomas and Martha Dillon.

It is also impossible to know the circumstances of his death. Whilst the War Graves Commission records his unit as being the 11th Battalion, this was disbanded in February 1918 with the troops being dispersed to other units. On 9 April, the Germans launched the second phase of their spring offensive in what would become known, to the British, as the Battle of the Lys. As with the attack the previous month, it was overwhelmingly successful on the first day and the advance continued for several days. The fighting extended from south of the Belgian town of Ypres and into northern France. There was fierce fighting on the 10th and this continued into the 11th. Sometime during the day, Thomas was killed. It is probable that his unit was again forced into retreat and he was probably buried by the advancing Germans. Whilst this will have been done with respect, there was little interest in making individual identifications and Thomas has no known grave.

   
           
   
     
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