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Corporal Thomas Downs

Civilian Occupation: Common Bank Bleachworks

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Thomas Downs was 22 when he died at Arras on 28/4/1917 (CMB mis-transcribed the year as 1916).

His sacrifice is recalled at the ARRAS MEMORIAL and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/13b.  He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:   

Enlisted 1st September 1914, and served in France and Belgium. Took part in the Battles of Ypres and the Somme. Killed at Arras, 28th April, 1917. Attended Church of the Sacred Heart.

CG photograph of 9/11/1918 provides age, occupation and address as Anderton Street, Chorley. CG notes he was previously missing.

The Service Record gives the address of his father, Thomas, at 82 Stanley Street, Chorley. This has been crossed out and his mother’s address at 25 Tatton Street, chorley,  has been added. Service Record confirms his date of Enlistment. He as promoted to Lance Corporal on 6/6/1916 and appointed Acting Corporal 23/11/1916. He was posted missing 28/4/1917. There were no effects to return to his mother. His father died in 1919, aged 55.

1911 Census has him at 82 Standish Street. His household comprised:  Thomas Downs (48, Head, Coal Miner, Hewer, Born in Chorley), Jane Downs (45, Wife, At Home, Married 26 years, 13 children, 10 living, 3 dead, Born in Chorley), Hugh Downs (24, Son, Cotton Spinning, Cotton  Mill, Born in Chorley), Annie Downs (21, Daughter, Frame Tenter, Cotton Manufacturing, Born in Chorley), Margaret Downs (19, Daughter, Frame Tenter, Cotton Manufacturing, Born in Chorley), Paul Downs (17, Son, Cotton Spinning, Cotton Manufacturing, Born in Chorley), Thomas Downs (15, Son, Labourer, Dyer, Bleachworks, Chemical Manufacturing, Born in Chorley), William Downs (11, Son, School, Born in Chorley), Frank Downs (9, Son, School, Born in Chorley), Bridget Downs (10 months, Daughter, Born in Chorley), Mark Downs (1, Son, Born in Chorley).

1901 Census has him at 79 Standish Street. His household comprised:  Thomas Downs (36, Head, Coal Miner, Labourer, Below Ground, Born in Chorley), Jane Downs (35, Wife, Born in Chorley), Kate Downs (16, Daughter,  Card Room Hand, Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), Annie Downs (11, Daughter, Born in Chorley), Margaret Downs (9, Daughter, Born in Chorley), Paul Downs (7, Son, Born in Chorley), Thomas Downs (5, Son, Born in Chorley), Mark Downs (3, Son, Born in Chorley), William Downs (1, Son, Born in Chorley).

1891 Census shows the family at 68 Standish Street, Chorley: Thomas Downs (24, Head, Coal Miner, Born in Chorley), Jane Downs (24, Wife, House Keeper, Born in Chorley), Catherine Downs (7, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Hugh Downs (5, Son, Born in Chorley), Mary Downs (3, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Ann Downs (1, Daughter, Born in Chorley), James Whittle (24, Brother-in-Law, Coal Miner, Born in Skelmersdale), Ann Whittle (21, Sister-in-Law, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Roger Whittle (2, Nephew, Born in Chorley), Jane Whittle (7 months, Niece, Born in Chorley), Hugh Gilmartin (60, Father-in-Law, General Labourer, Born in Ireland), Ann Gilmartin (55, Mother-in-Law, House Keeper, Born in Ireland).

Thomas Downs married Jane Gilmartin by Registrar in 1884. The 1891 Census is significant as it shows that Jane Downs and Ann Whittle were sister, which makes Thomas Downs [CMB/II/13b] and James Whittle [CMB/II/23a] cousins. Thomas Downs was the cousin of William Durkin  [CMB/II/15a] though the marriage of his father’s sister, Margaret, to  Thomas Durkin.

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 12746
Date of Death: 28/04/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

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Adam Cree has been a History teacher since 1992. He has been cataloguing and researching the Chorley Memorial Album of Astley Hall and its compiler, Susannah Knight since 2006. As a consequence he has developed a growing interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Adam is keen to understand the context of the communities which these men came from. He tries to explore the family relationships, friendships and connections that make them a part of the past and the present.
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One Response to 12746 CPL. T. DOWNS. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. To who ever found this picture of the man I believe to be my Great Uncle Tommy Downs thank you so much. I have been searching for the past 2 years and have never been able to find anything.However, I am not sure if this man is the correct person as My Grandmother is Sarah Downs – who on my family tree had sisters who included Annie, Elizabeth, Margaret – who appear on both the 1901 & 1911 census. Jane Downs is my Great Grandmother and her side of the family are from Standish near Wigan.

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