Thomas Bartley (c.1886-1914)

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Thomas Bartley was born Wavertree, Liverpool.

He enlisted in Holmfirth in 1909 and joined the 2nd Battalion (Royal Fusiliers) Durham Light Infantry. A character reference was provided by his employer, cab proprietor Walter Haigh of Station Road, Holmfirth:[1]

This his to certify that I have known Thomas Bartley for a number of years and he as been in my employ for 12 months. I always found him honest and straightforward. Also a total abstainer from intoxacating drinks.

Thomas Bartley Huddersfield Daily Examiner 05 November 1914.jpg

His death was reported in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner on 2 November:


Mr. George Fretwell, of 3, Back Lane, Holmfirth, has been officially informed by the military authorities at York that No. 10,879, Private Thomas Bartley, 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, died at the French Military Hospital, at St. Omer, on October 17th, and expressing the sympathy and regret of the Army Council at his loss. There is an enclosure: "The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and the Queen in your sorry — Kitchener.

Private Bartley, who had no near relatives, had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Fretwell, at Holmfirth, for many years. He was formerly a cab driver for Mr. Walter Haigh, of Holmfirth, and enlisted about five years ago, and prior to the war saw service in India. He had frequently written to Mr. and Mrs. Fretwell, who were much grieved on Saturday to receive the bad news.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BARTLEY, THOMAS. Private. No 10879. 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Born Wavertree, Liverpool. Both parents deceased. Lived with Mr and Mrs George Fretwell, 3 Back Lane, Holmfirth. Employed as a taxi cab driver for Mr Walter Haigh of Holmfirth. Enlisted in the Regular Army in 1910 and had served in India. Died at No 10 Stationary Hospital, St. Omer, of wounds received in action, 17.10.1914. Buried in LONGUENESSE (St. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row A, Grave 5.
ROH:- Holmfirth War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Reproduced from the original, including spelling errors.