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Surname: THOMAS

Forename(s): George

Place of Birth: Millom, Cumberland

Service No: 4965

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 8th Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1915-02-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. B. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

George Thomas was the son of Charles and Agnes Thomas, née Irving. Charles was born at Wigan and Agnes at Leece, Lancashire.

1901 Millom Cumberland Census: 2, Concrete Square - George Thomas, aged 8 years, born Millom, son of Charles and Agnes Thomas.

1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 20, Chapel Street - George Thomas, aged 18 years, born Millom, Cumberland, son of Agnes Thomas (married).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte George Thomas, 4965, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: [1 - France]. Date of entry therein: 20 October 1914.

A short biography of George is included in: ‘Barnoldswick – A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

THOMAS, George, aged 22, 2nd East Lancs. Regiment, son of Mrs. Thomas, 6, Valley Road, [Barnoldswick], died from wounds received in action in Feb. 1915.


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

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Surname: THOMAS

Forename(s): George

Born: Millom, Cumberland

Residence: Millom

Enlisted: Nelson, Lancs

Number: 4965

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 17/02/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: THOMAS

Forename(s): G

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 4965

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 2nd Bn.



Died Date: 17/02/1915

Additional Information:




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09 April 1915


The War Office has notified Mrs. Thomas of 6 Valley Road, Barnoldswick of the death of her son, Pte. George Thomas, of the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment, which took place in France from wounds received in an engagement in February last. No particular as to how the wounds were received are sent. The deceased was 22 years of age, and was drafted out to Ypres in October. Mrs. Thomas has two other sons in training at Doncaster with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

30 April 1915


An interesting account of his war experiences was given yesterday afternoon by Private Fred Pickles of the 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, and a son of Mr. Garibaldi Pickles of East View, Barnoldswick, and a well-known member of the Gladstone Liberal Club.

Private Pickles, who was wounded at the battle of Neuve Chapelle, was formerly employed as a twister in a Barnoldswick mill, but in November last he joined the East Lancashire Regiment, went into speedy training, and two days after Christmas was entrained for the Front. The regiment spent a week at Rouen and then drafted into the trenches. The East Lancashires happened to hit upon a bad spot, for though in the generality of cases the lines were up to the waist in mud, it was found necessary at the spot where the regiment was stationed to dig their way forward bit by bit. He described the orderly routine that was maintained, and how the men served three days in the trenches at a time and then going for three days ‘rest’ behind the lines, where, however, they were generally within the range of shellfire. Private Pickles was stationed at La Basse, and the men nicknamed the particular trench which they occupied by the name of ‘Port Arthur’. There the shelling of Taubes, the screaming of shells overhead, and the periodical whistling of the sniper’s bullets, with occasional sharp interchanges of rifle fire at night were a daily occurrence. ‘Jack Johnsons’ ripped large holes out of the ground where they happened to fall, and shrapnel burst with a deadly effect. It was in the night and early morning attacks, when the pathway had been paved by the thundering of five hundred artillery guns, that the greatest damage was done.

One February 16th, which happened to be Pte. Pickles’ birthday, he was in the trenches when close by a ‘pal’ named Private George Thomas, a Barnoldswick lad, whose parents reside in Stewart Street, was shot in the head by a sniper’s bullet and died from his wounds before twenty-four hours had passed. Pte. Thomas was a particular ‘pal’ and was very popular with all his chums in the regiment.

Private Pickles received his wounds during the battle of Neuve Chapelle when he was one of the party that supported the men in front who bore the brunt of the attack. He was hit in the back by the bursting of a shrapnel shell, and though rendered unconscious for a while, he was subsequently enabled to crawl out of the danger zone. He does not belittle the German shooting or the creditable artillery displays they maintain, but positively affirms that the British are the best troops. He was also with the French for a short time, and whilst praising their dash in attack, is of the opinion that they cannot hold a position against long odds. Mr. Pickles has nothing but praise for the organisation of the British Army, and especially the commissariat department, and although he classes the experience as ‘rough’, said it was not quite so bad as had been depicted. The winter months were the worst. Still, a man was very lucky indeed if he came out unharmed. Two days after he received his wound, Pte. Pickles was in the Queen Mary’s Ward of the Charing Cross Hospital, and he speaks with sincere gratitude of the kindness there shown to him by the Marchioness of Ripon and other ladies who had devoted much time and money to making them comfortable. To ask was to receive. Again at the Harrow-on-the-Hill Convalescent Hospital, from which he received his discharge, Pte. Pickles had the best of honourable treatment a wounded soldier deserves. He is home on a week’s furlough and then has to report at the Preston headquarters of the regiment.

24 December 1915


Pte. George Thomas, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment, and son of Mrs. Thomas, 6 Valley Road, Barnoldswick, died from wounds received in action. He was 23 years of age.

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