Killed in Action
22nd October 1917
The 15th Battalion
The Cheshire Regiment
11 Marston Lane
Lane Ends Farm Marston
Thomas Barton attested at Northwich on the 14th June 1916 at the age of 24 years and 6 months to the Cheshire Regiment.
Unusually, he has given his address as 'c/o Mr Hopley of Winsford, but noted his father John Barton of Marston as his next of kin. His employment was given as a farm labourer. He was working at Lane Ends Farm, Marston in 1911, so can we presume he has moved to Winsford and to a different farm? The name Hopley and farming in Winsford, is even around today.
Thomas Barton's body was never found and remains one of the 300,000 soldiers that are still missing from WW1 which have no known grave. He is also one of the 12 Marston Lads that were never found and given a burial. The Marston Memorial is the only record of their name, and the only place where loved ones could at least visit. All the Marston Lads had a name and they had a life which was ended through no fault of themselves. We need to remember them, to remember them helps to never to repeat the mistakes of history.