Thomas Richardson Walmsley (c.1893-1917)

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Thomas Richardson Walmsley

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

WALMSLEY, THOMAS RICHARDSON, DCM. Sergeant. No 49872. 'Y', 14th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Born Saddleworth. Eldest son of Police Sergeant and Mrs Walmsley, Station Road, Holmfirth. Attended Holmfirth Parish Church and was a member of the choir and of Mr Fletcher's bible class. He formerly worked for the firm of Messrs B. Mellor and Son Limited, Albert Mills, Holmfirth but at the outbreak of the war he was a tram driver employed by the Halifax Corporation Tramways Department. Engaged to Alice, who lived at West View, Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Awarded the DCM 4.6.1917. Died of wounds, 3.12.1917, aged 24 years. Buried OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY, YPRES. Grave location:- Plot 5, Row E, Grave 6.
His parents received a letter from the Lieutenant of the section of the Trench Mortar Battery of which Sergeant Walmsley was a member. He wrote, 'I am extremely sorry to have very bad news to report to you. Your son was killed in action at 10am yesterday, December 3rd, by an enemy shell. He was taken to a dressing station a few yards distant but died almost immediately. We have lost a good friend who was loved by everyone. He met his death as he was going to the help of comrades who were being shelled. We tender our heartfelt sympathy to his relatives who must feel his loss very keenly.'
ROH:- Wooldale War Memorial; Halifax Civic Book of Remembrance.

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