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Thomas Henry Baines was born in Wavertree, Liverpool. Prior to enlisting in the Army he had been working as a crofter in the bleaching room of the Bradshaw Bleaching and Dyeing works. Thomas was the son of Francis Watson Baines and Mary A. Baines of 48, Lea Gate Lane, Harwood, Bolton.

On 29th August 1914, Thomas entered the recruitment office in Bolton and enlisted on a short service engagement in the Colours. He had no previous military experience. He was 20 years 169 days old.

At his enlistment medical, he was described as being 5ft 6in tall, weighing 127lbs of fresh complexion with grey eyes and brown hair. He had a birth mark on the inner side of his right knee.

Thomas was posted into ‘B’ Company, 10th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; he sailed to France with them on 31st July 1915.

On 13th March 1916, Thomas was wounded in action. He died of his wounds later that day. Thomas had served just 1 year, 197 days in the Army.

The Battalion War Diary records;

13th March 1916 – Fonquevillers

Enemy artillery quiet, but machine-guns from N.W corner of Gommecourt Wood extremely active.


It would appear that Thomas was killed by enemy machine-gun fire. No personal effects were returned to his family.

For his War service, Thomas was awarded the 1914/15 star, the British War Medal and Victory Medal. His next of kin would also have received a memorial plaque.

Rank: Private
Service No: 12883
Date of Death: 13/03/1916
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.

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2 Responses to 12883 PTE. T. H. BAINES. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Joy Hoy says:

    Thomas Henry Baines was my great uncle. He worked as a crofter in The Bradshaw Bleaching and Dyeing works. In this case a crofter worked in the bleaching room not on the land as the conventional definition tells you.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Joy, I’ll edit that now.
    Best regards,

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