Thomas Eaton FOWLER
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number:12857.
Regiment: 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment
Died of wounds Wednesday 27th November 1918
Age 20
County Memorial Runcorn
Commemorated\Buried Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte

Thomas Eaton's Story.

Thomas was born in  1898 to William George and Sarah (Evans) Fowler. They lived at 5 Prescott Terrace, Runcorn, which was next to Sewell Street. (Knocked down to build the Express Way in the 1960's.). William died in 1918, and Sarah was left to bring up her ten children by herself. She passed away in 1956 aged 82.

Thomas worked for the Runcorn Urban Council as an assistant in the Runcorn baths, and joined up on the 5th September in Warrington with the 7th South Lancashire Regiment, stating his age as 19 years and 30 days, when in reality he was only 16.

He went to France on 18th July 1915, and was injured in 1916 as a report in the paper on 21st July 1916 stated he had sent a field card home telling is family he had been wounded.

On October 21st 1918 he was shot in the leg and received a compound fracture of his femur. It is reported that his mother went to see him in Calais, but a month later he died of wounds on 27th November 1918 at 35 General Hospital Calais.

Thomas is buried in a marked grave Section VI Grave H7 in Les Baraques Military Cemetery just to the west of Calais.

Thomas had 6 Uncles who also served in the forces. Two fought in the Boer war, Edmund died in South Africa, whilst Herbert died in 1907 from injuries sustained in the campaign.

His other 4 Uncles served in WW1, of which three survived. Ralph Fowler is remembered on Runcorn Cenotaph, and is buried in Halton Cemetery. He died in 1919 after suffering from a GSW in the back and full paralysis.

John served in the Liverpool Pals, James was 4th Cheshire's and Walter in the Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment all survived.

Thomas was one of 10 children, and two of his brothers, George and Harry went on to serve in WW2, seeing action in Africa, Italy, France and Germany and survived the war.

 William,  Sarah and Herbert (who was injured in the Boer War and was Williams brother) are all buried together in an unmarked grave in Runcorn Cemetery Plot 12 Grave 1031.

Compiled by Graeme Ainsworth