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Thomas Whalley was born in Chorley in about 1892. He was the son of Francis Joseph Whalley and Ann (nee Harrison) who had married by registrar in Chorley in 1890. The family attended the Church of the Sacred Heart.

The 1891 Census shows the family at 6 Yates Street, Chorley: Francis J[oseph] Whalley (20, Head, labourer at Floor Cloth Works, Born in Chorley), Ann Whalley (22, Wife, Cotton Weaver, Born in Wigan), James Whalley (3 months, Son, Born in Chorley).

The 1901 Census shows him at 72 Buchanan Street, Chorley: Francis J[oseph] Whalley (30, Head, Timber Sawyer’s Labourer, Born in Chorley), Ann Whalley (32, Wife, Cotton Weaver, Born in Wigan), James Whalley (10, Son, Born in Chorley), Thomas Whalley (8, Son, Born in Chorley), Francis Whalley (6, Son, born in Chorley).

The 1911 Census has him at 27 Bolton Road, Chorley: Francis Joseph Whalley (40, Head, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Ann Whalley (42, Wife, Cotton Weaver, Married 21 years, 5 children, 4 living, 1 dead, Born in Wigan), James Whalley ( 20, Son, Labourer Underground, Coal Mine, Born in Chorley), Thomas Whalley (19, Son, Labourer in Calico Bleach Works, Born in Chorley), Francis Joseph Whalley (17, Son, Cotton Weaver, Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), Elizabeth Whalley (6, Daughter, School, Born in Chorley).

His service record shows that Thomas enlisted on 5th September 1914 and joined the 10th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 13245. He was aged 22 years and 3 months old and prior to enlisting had been working as a bleacher for Chorley Bleaching Company.

Private Thomas Whalley, 10th Battalion

Thomas would have trained at South Downs, Eastbourne and on Salisbury Plain before sailing to France with his battalion on 31st July 1915. They were part of 112th Brigade in 37th Division.

On 15th November 1916 he was wounded with shrapnel to his left thigh and leg and was taken by the 5th Field Ambulance to the 29th Casualty Clearing Station. From there he was sent to the 2nd General Hospital at Etaples where he remained until 16th December when he rejoined the Battalion.

About six weeks later, 28th January 1917, Private Thomas Whalley was killed by a sniper on the Festubert Front. When Susannah Knight compiled the Chorley Memorial Album, which is now held at Astley Hall, she had information to say Thomas was buried at the British Cemetery at La Couture; however there is no headstone for him there and the CWGC added his name to Loos Memorial.

Thomas’ entry in the Chorley Memorial Book (CMB/II/37b)

None of Thomas’ personal effects were sent home except for his Army small book. His father received this at  121 Bolton Street, Chorley. Francis would also receive his son’s 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory medal in addition to a memorial plaque and scroll bearing Thomas’ name and in recognition of his sacrifice.

Rank: Private
Service No: 13245
Date of Death: 28/01/1917
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Panel Reference: 89 to 91.
Memorial: LOOS 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 13245 PTE. T. WHALLEY. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. john melling says:

    Hello Adam Cree,

    Saw you post regarding the research on Thomas Whalley

    Have you tried looking on Genes Reunited \ Ancestry.co.uk
    for relations of his?
    I did look on Genes Reunited, but no one is looking for any of his mentioned family.

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