Thomas's Story.Thomas was born on the 6th June 1897 to Thomas and Ann King in Chester. He was baptised on 27th August the same year, at St Johns , Chester.
Thomas had an elder sister, Margaret who was born in 1882.
In the 1901 census, he was living with his widowed mother.
Thomas enlisted into the 5th Cheshire's as Reg No 4085, but then transferred to the 7th Cheshire's and was given Reg No 241342.
He went out to France after 1915 as he didn’t receive the 1915 star. At the time of his death 14th Oct 1918, the 7th where in action on the Menin Road, and Thomas is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery.
A summary of the attack can be found in the battalion war diary. The 7th with support from 2/14th London Scottish and the 1/4th Cheshires attacked the german trenches after an initial artillery bombardment at 05:35 on the morning of the 14th October. The majority of the casualties sustained were during this first advance as a number of german strong points remained after the bombardment, as they were too close to the jumping off point to be dealt with. Once these strong points had been neutralised the advance continued, with additional artillery support.
Casualties from this action
Killed 2 Officiers. 23 Other Ranks
Wounded 1 Officier. 81 Other Ranks
Missing 13 Other Ranks
The records of soldiers effects has his next of kin as Maraget Gough.
Margaret Ann King is found living in Chester in 1901 but then marrying an Alfred Gough in 1903, a solider in the Cheshire Regiment.
Margaret Gough is then found on the pensions records of Alfred Gough of Runcorn, DCM.
There was a Alfred Gough at the Salt Works in Runcorn, so this must be the same man.
Thomas must have moved to Runcorn, to live with his sister, and worked at the salt works with his brother in law.
Thomas is commemorated on the Salt Union Salt Works memorial and Chester Town Hall.
Interesting is that the 1911 census has a Thomas King from Chester on a training ship in Bangor, North Wales. These were normally for orphans, the 1901 census has him living with his mother only, who I think died in 1917, so did his mother put him on the ship for his education or couldn’t afford to keep him.
Compilied by Graeme Ainsworth