Thomas Dearnley (1874-1901)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Thomas Dearnley was baptised in Marsden on 4 January 1875, the son of railway labourer James William Dearnley and his wife Charlotte.

By 1881, the family was living at Ridge, Saddleworth.

He enlisted in June 1894 and became as a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). His service record described him as 5'4" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair.

He died of pneumonia at Middelburg, South Africa, on 3 January 1901.

He is commemorated on the Boer War Memorial at Marsden, which was unveiled in 1904.