Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number:39022.
Regiment: 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers
Killed In Action Thursday 11th April 1918
Age 34
County Memorial Stockton Heath
Commemorated\Buried Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-Sur-La-Lys
Grave\Panel Ref: III. B. 14.

Thomas's Story.

Thomas was born in Whitchurch in 1884, the third son of Enoch Day, a master shoemaker, and his wife Mary, (nee Beddows) of 12 Claypit Street, Whitchurch. Thomas had four sisters, Alice, Agnes, Emily and Ellen, and three brothers, Alfred, Albert and Enoch. Thomas followed his father into the shoe/boot trade. The 1911 Census records Thomas boarding in Warrington employed as a Manager in a shoe/boot shop.

In December 1911 he married Rosie Edge in Whitchurch. They lived in Stockton Heath, Cheshire, and had one son, Thomas Eric. 

2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers War Diary, 11th April 1918

Les Haies Basses 11/4/18

At dawn the enemy attacked the 40th and 50th Division after a trench mortar barrage these troops retired at once through the battalion some were collected by Major Somerville and put in a support position, on the left flank however where there were no troops behind the front line these men fell back about 800-900 yards leaving the left of the battalion in the air. Some of these troops (40th Div) were formed up by Major Somerville just in front of Battalion H.Q. an N.C.O. was sent down to the left to find out if there was any line of defence on the left. A line was being formed by a Staff Captain of 119th Brigade, but this line did not hold. Captain Sterndale-Bennett commanding ‘C’ company on left of front line formed a defensive flank but the distance was too great. About 1 or 1½ hours later the enemy again attacked and worked through the exposed flank. Battalion H.Q. was taken in the flank and rear. Major Sommerville was last seen with 1 platoon of ‘A’ company defending a small portion of trench but the enemy were close and around the flank. The left flank of the front line under Capt. Bennett held on until the enemy rushed the trench from behind, after this the remainder of the front line fell back. Casualties were very heavy, and men became disorganised, small parties fighting with different units during the remainder of the day. Casualties for the battalion 11/12th April 1918 were;

Officers; 3 wounded, 1 wounded/ missing and 17 missing

Other ranks; 18 killed, 146 wounded, 12 wounded/ missing, and 335 missing.


Researched by Terry Evanson