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The Marston Lads

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Thomas Walker

Killed in Action
3rd July 1916

Age 23

11th Battalion
The Cheshire Regiment

17 Ollershaw Lane

Unfortunately, Thomas Walker is one of the 50% whose war records were destroyed during the 1940 blitz of London. The only records that appear to exist are from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. If you have any information regarding Thomas Walker; please get in touch

We can say that he was born in 1893 and was one of at least eleven children. In 1901 Thomas was living at Gibsons Fold Marston with his 10 siblings and his parents. In 1911, Thomas is married to Mary and they have a 2-year-old daughter named Annie. He is working at Marston Salt Works. However, there is a discrepancy. Thomas states his age in the 1911 census as 25 years, in this 1911 census, it was the head of the household which compleated the census, therefore it would be unusual for someone to get their age wrong by some eight years. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission states he was 23 in 1916, so do we have the right Thomas Walker? The War Graves Commission notes: 'Son of Alfred and Mary Walker, of Wincham, Northwich; husband of Mary Walker'. These names match up perfectly with the 1901 census and the 1911 census where he is married to Mary.

Further searches have found another Thomas Walker living in Northwich born 1892/1893, this does have a mother named Mary, but with a different fathers name, children born to Mary is five, not eleven on the 1901 census. This Thomas Walker also resided in Northwich throughout and would not have been commemorated on the Marston Memorial

Research does indicate I have the right Thomas. The only issue is the age on the 1911 census of 25 which is wrong by eight years.

The Battle of The Somme 1st July 1916
The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and French Third Republic against the German Empire. It took place between 1st July and 18th November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies. More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed making it one of the deadliest battles in human history

Thomas Walker was part of this offensive and three days after it started he was killed on the 3rd July 1916. His body was never found. Thomas Walker is remembered with honour at The Thiepval Memorial France.

The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Tony Hayes