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Thomas DEWHURST

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Surname: DEWHURST

Forename(s): Thomas

Place of Birth: Portsmouth, Lancashire

Service No: 270379

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 16th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Edinburgh)

Division: 34th Division

Age: 42

Date of Death: 1917-08-27

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 D and 7 D.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Thomas Dewhurst was the son of Thomas and Ann Dewhurst, née Bielby and brother of L/Corporal William Dewhurst (67733) (q.v.). Their father was born at Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire and mother at Flamborough, Yorkshire. Thomas and William's sister, Clara, the wife of Private Robert Hebden (29/618) (q.v.), died in the sinking of RMS 'Lusitania' on 7 May 1915.

1881 Bury, Lancashire Census: 155, Wash Lane - Thomas Dewhurst, aged 5 years, born Todmorden, Lancashire, son of Thomas and Ann Dewhurst.

1891 Musbury, Lancashire Census: 409, Spring Hill - Thos Dewhurst, aged 15 years, born Portsmouth, Lancashire, son of Thomas and Ann Dewhurst.

Thomas was married to Mary Agnes Cann in 1899. Mary married Herbert Ainley Eastwood, a widower, in 1919.

1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 36, Cobden Street - Thomas Dewhurst, aged 26 years, born Portsmouth, Lancashire. [Thomas and his wife Mary Agnes were living with her parents, Mark and Emma Cann.]

1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 16, Far East View - Thomas Dewhurst, aged 35 years, born Portsmouth, Lancashire, husband of Mary Agnes Dewhurst.

The British Army Service Record for Thomas Dewhurst exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Thomas Dewhurst, 270379, R. Scots.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Thomas Dewhurst, 270379, 15th [16th deleted] R. Scots.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Thomas Dewhurst, 270379, 15th Bn R. Scots. Date and Place of Death: 27.8.17. France, in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Mary A. £2 5s. 8d. War Gratuity: Mrs Mary Agnes Eastwood. £3 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Pte Thomas Dewhurst, 270379, 15th Royal Scots. T.F. Date and cause of death: 27.8.17. Killed in action. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Mary Agnes, born 14.4.81. Address: 16, Far East View, Barnoldswick, Yorks. Children: Emma, born 22.11.03. Thomas, born 11.6.06. [The 15th Bn quoted above is a mistake. His army record shows that he was was serving with the 16th Bn when he was killed.]

In 1921 Mary, her two children, husband, Herbert and his three children were living at 16, East View, Barnoldswick. In 1939 Mary and Herbert were living at 13, Harrison Street, Barnoldswick.

Thomas is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

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

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

DEWHURST, Thomas, aged 41 years, Royal Scots, 18, Far East View, [Barnoldswick], killed in action Aug. 28, 1917.

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Private Thomas DEWHURST

Private Thomas DEWHURST

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 34th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 34th Division

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Surname: DEWHURST

Forename(s): Thomas

Born: Portsmouth, Hants

Residence:

Enlisted: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Number: 270379

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Battalion: 16th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 27/08/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 5649, H.L.I.

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Surname: DEWHURST

Forename(s): Thomas

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 270379

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots

Unit: 16th Bn.

Age: 42

Awards:

Died Date: 27/08/1917

Additional Information: Son of the late Thomas and Ann Dewhurst; husband of Mary Agnes Eastwood (formerly Dewhurst), of 16, Far East View, Barnoldswick, Colne, Lancs.

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THE ROYAL SCOTS 1914-1918, by Major J. Ewing M.C. (Oliver and Boyd 1925)

16th (Service) Bn. Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) (2nd Edinburgh)

1917
The Battalion moved into front line trenches at Hargicourt in July 1917. Following a successful attack on the 26th August, and the new gains had been consolidated and protected by wire. The chief trials of the 16th Royal Scots on the 27th August were due to the enemy’s artillery fire and sniping, for the German infantry made no attempt to attack. The same conditions prevailed on the 28th, on the evening of which date two small parties of Boches approached our trenches but were easily driven off by rifle and lewis gun fire.

[Thomas Dewhurst was killed on the 28th August 1917.]

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07 September 1917

DEWHURST – August 28th 1917, killed in action in France, Private Thomas Dewhurst, Royal Scots, husband of Mrs. Dewhurst, 16, Far East View, Barnoldswick, aged 41 years.

07 September 1917

BARNOLDSWICK – KILLED IN ACTION

Mrs. T. Dewhurst, 18, Far East View, Barnoldswick, received on Tuesday night the following letter from an officer in France:– “Dear Madam, – It is with great regret that I have to tell you that your husband, Private Thomas Dewhurst (Royal Scots) was killed in action on the 28th August. The Battalion took part in a very successful action in which we captured one part of the German lines, and it was during this action that your husband was killed. He was buried where he fell, and you will no doubt receive notification from the War Office later. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the great loss you have sustained.”

Private Dewhurst was 41 years of age and leaves two children. He joined up in October last, but did not go to France until June this year. He was formerly a weaver at Aldersley’s, Butts Mill.

04 July 1919

BARNOLDSWICK FAMILY’S THIRD BEREAVEMENT

The official intimation from the War Office presuming the death of Lance Corporal Wm. Dewhurst, Machine Gun Corps, represents the third loss during the war suffered by Mrs. Thos. Dewhurst, a widow residing at 3 Federation Street, Barnoldswick. Lance Corporal Dewhurst, who was 35 years of age and unmarried, had been missing since November 30th 1917, having arrived in France on the 17th March previous.

His elder brother, Pte. Thos. Dewhurst, was killed in August of the same year, while his only sister (Mrs. Robert Hebden) was lost on the Lusitania. Mrs. Dewhurst would be grateful for any more detailed information as to the fate of her son.

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07 September 1917

DEWHIRST – Aug. 28th, in France, Pte. Thos. Dewhirst, of the Royal Scots, of 16, Far East View, Barnoldswick, aged 41.

07 September 1917

MORE BARNOLDSWICK CASUALTIES

Killed in Action

Mrs. T. Dewhurst, 16, Far East View, Barnoldswick, received on Tuesday night the following letters from an officer in France:– “Dear Madam, – It is with great regret that I have to tell you that your husband, Pte. Thos. Dewhurst, (Royal Scots), was killed in action on the 28th August. The battalion took part in a very successful action in which we captured one part of the German lines, and it was during this action that your husband was killed. He was buried where he fell, and you will no doubt receive notification from the War Office later. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the great loss you have sustained.”

Pte. Dewhurst was 41 years of age, and leaves two children. He joined up in October last, but did not go out to France until June this year. He was formerly a weaver at Aldersley’s, Butts Mill.

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