Killed in Action
7th October 1915
The 1st & 5th Battalion
The Cheshire Regiment
9 George Lane
(written as Marston within the 1911 census but is 'Ashton by Budworth')
Thomas would have been 19 or 20 years of age when he joined the Cheshire Regiment. He did volunteer for the Military, forced conscription was not yet in place.
Thomas was killed 7th October 1915 and was part of the 'Battle for Loos' which took place from 25 September – 8 October 1915 in France on the Western Front. It was the biggest British attack of 1915, the first time that the British used poison gas and the first mass engagement of New Army units.
The French and British tried to break through the German defences in Artois and Champagne and restore a war of movement. Despite improved methods, more ammunition and better equipment, the Franco-British attacks were largely contained by the Germans, except for local losses of ground.
The British gas attack failed to neutralise the defenders and the artillery bombardment was too short to destroy the barbed wire or machine-gun nests. German tactical defensive proficiency was still dramatically superior to the British offensive planning and doctrine, resulting in a British defeat.