Thomas Holt GARNER
Rank: Private
Number: 2325
Unit: 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 5 June 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey

Thomas spent all his life in Bramhall until he enlisted into the army within days of War being declared in August 1914. His father, James was married to Hannah and he was the tenant or owner of the Dairy Ground Farm (on the site of the modern housing estate of the same name). The 1901 Census shows that they had five children - Thomas (then10), Charles (7), Sarah (6), William (3) and Doris (11months). James employed three people - Frank Griffin as a carter; John Nicholson was the cattleman and Elizabeth Parry was a general servant undertaking household chores.

In later life, Thomas worked for the Vacuum Oil Company, Deansgate, Manchester. The Company later became Mobil Oil. He worshipped at the parish church in the village and was a teacher at the church Sunday School. A keen sportsman, he was a member of the local Tennis, Cricket and Football Clubs.

In less than five weeks from joining up, Thomas was on a ship bound for Egypt. An account of his early months of service can be found here. At the beginning of May, the Manchesters left Egypt to go into action at Gallipoli. Click here to read details of Thomas' first and last major action.

After the attack described, Thomas was posted as "missing" and his parents waited for weeks for news that he might have been taken prisoner or was lying unconscious in a military hospital. But then, on 19 December, the news that they will have been dreading finally arrived. The Battalion Commander, Colonel Worthington, wrote "I am glad to inform you that your son's body which has been missing since June 4th was found buried by a patrol of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers on December 16th. Your son took part in a very gallant charge on June 4th and died a soldier serving his King and country. No-one could look for a nobler death. I am very glad his body was found and am sure it will be some consolation to know that it has been found buried. Please accept from the officers, NCOs and men of the 16th Manchester Regiment our very deep sympathy with you in your loss."

Presumably, Thomas had been killed during the attack and had been buried by Turkish troops after the British had been forced to retreat. The news must have allowed the family to properly grieve and, on Sunday 9 January 1916, there was a memorial service for Thomas at the parish church.

After the War, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, James and Hannah had given up the farm and were living at "Thorn Bank", Bramhall.

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