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Thomas Hallworth

Birth

Thomas Hallworth was born in 1890 in High Lane, a small village near Stockport. His parents were Thomas and Margaret Hannah Hallworth. Tom senior was a Railway Engine Driver in the coal mining industry.

Early Life

The family moved from Disley in about 1882 and lived in Ivy Cottage, High Lane, for many years. Thomas junior was the Secretary of the Cricket Club and a member of the Conservative Club’s Committee. He was also a member of the Orchestral Society. He worked as a teacher for Manchester City Council’s Education Committee – he is commemorated on the Committee’s entry in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour. Thomas had three brothers, John, Harry and Herbert, but only John survived the war.

Chester College

Thomas attended Chester College and left in 1908. He went on to teach at St. Thomas’ Church School in Manchester. His younger sister, Mary, also went on to be a School Teacher in the Stockport area.

Military Service

Thomas was enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery 211th Brigade (“C” Company) as Bombardier 705651 Thomas Hallworth. The 211th Brigade was a pre-War Territorial unit of the Artillery and Thomas’ original service number, 1588, suggests that if he wasn’t also a pre-War member, then he joined up soon after War was declared in August 1914.

Lest We Forget

On March 21, 1918, the Germans launched their long-awaited Spring Offensive. Its strength and ferocity took even the best prepared British defenders by surprise. Within hours, the front line had been overrun along many miles, and the British were fighting a desperate retreat. Thomas and his comrades were not in action that day and were being held in reserve. Two days later, the fighting started to reach their position. The front line was heavily bombarded and the artillery positions were heavily shelled - this may be when Thomas was wounded. After further attacks on the “C” Battery, Thomas died on March 28, 1918.

Post Mortem

Thomas is buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery, in France. He was awarded the 1915 Star for his service in France and also the British War and Victory Medals. His effects in the sum of £341 4s 9d (worth over £5,000 today) were left to his father.