Thomas Frederick Adlington, Age 21
Lance Corporal, 70542 Machine Gun Corps 42nd brigade
Thomas is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, grave reference XXII. A. 17.
Thomas was the youngest son of Mr John and Mrs Anne Adlington of
Along with his brother Private A E Adlington, they had both, before enlisting been employed at the Horsehay works. Thomas had volunteered alongside his brother and served in France for a long period; both had been connected with the C.E.M’S and other parochial organisations at Doseley, the members of which had learnt with the greatest grief of the loss of the first of their number on active service when Thomas died.
Thomas had been wounded in action on 22nd October 1917 during the third battle of Ypres which has gone down in history as one of the most horrific battles of the First war; it was more commonly known as the battle of Passchendaele. Thomas died of his wounds on the 26th October 1917 and is buried in the Lijssenthoek Cemetery grave reference XXILA17.
Lieut. J. N. Slaney, writing to Thomas's bereaved parents, said, "He died in hospital of wounds received four days previously. At the time he was wounded he was doing his duty like the brave lad he always was. Officers, NCOs and men alike mourn his loss, as he was so cheerful on all occasions. Being a Shropshire man like myself, I always took special interest in him”. At the parish church on a Sunday evening the vicar referred to the sad occurrence and spoke in high terms of the gallant soldier who had laid down his life. The deepest sympathy of the whole parish was extended to the relatives in their great loss.
Thomas Enlisted at Wellington on the 9th of November 1914, aged 19.
Inscription added to head stone by, Mr. A. E. Adlington, Doseley, Dawley, Salop.
Make Him O Lord to be Numbered with Thy Saints in Glory Everlasting.
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