Thomas Green

THOMAS GREEN (1897 - 1915)

Born on Sunday 7th June 1896, Thomas was not baptised at St Alban's until nearly a year later, on 30th March 1897. A the time of Thomas' birth, his father, bricklayer's labourer, Michael, Thomas and his mother, Margaret, were living at 10, West Street with their toddler son, John.

By 1911, the family (now consisting of three sons and three daughters) were living at 44, Copper Street, Macclesfield. We know from the census that the fourteen-year-old Thomas was then working as an errand boy for a restaurant. By the time Thomas attested, the family was living at 1, Sunderland Street and Thomas was a dyer at Mr Bullock's Silk Dyeworks on Chester Road.

Thomas joined the 7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, based in Macclesfield, as a territorial during March 1914. On the outbreak of war, Thomas' battalion was mobilised to Shrewsbury. With his battalion having joined the 14th Brigade of the 5th Division, Thomas was part of the original British Expeditionary Force in France.

Thomas was 'Killed in Action' on Sunday, 11 July 1915 aged nineteen years old. Almost two weeks later, "The Macclesfield Courier" reported Thomas' death, saying he had been - "...shot by a sniper through the heart" when serving in the trenches.

Thomas is buried at Spoilbank Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. His mother, now living with her husband and family at 136, Chester Road, chose the inscription for her son's headstone. It reads:

"On His Soul
Sweet Jesus Have Mercy
R.I.P."

Photo above is Thomas prior to leaving for the Front © Dr Hopper





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